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[Lapack] Extended precision arithmetic with LAPACK


Apologies if this question has been asked before, but I could not  
find a relevant discussion in the forum.

I am a Physics PhD student and, as part of hydrodynamic stability  
calculations, I need to solve generalized eigenvalue problems A x =  
\lambda B x, where the matrix A is highly non-normal. It has been  
documented in the literature (e.g. Dongarra et al, Appl. Numer. Math.  
22, 399 (1996)) that 128 bit arithmetic is often required to obtain  
numerically accurate results for this type of problems.

I was therefore hoping to compile LAPACK to work with 128 bit  
arithmetic (or any other format that is more precise than double),  
and would be most appreciative if you could point me to any  
guidelines/information available on how to do this..

My options are to either work on my home computer (an Apple G4  
running OS X), or to use an account on a Linux machine with Intel  
Xeon processors (I understand the latter option would be far more  
efficient for extended precision arithmetic).

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Best regards,

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