fma, fmaf, fmal
Defined in header <math.h>


float fmaf( float x, float y, float z ); 
(1)  (since C99) 
double fma( double x, double y, double z ); 
(2)  (since C99) 
long double fmal( long double x, long double y, long double z ); 
(3)  (since C99) 
#define FP_FAST_FMA /* implementationdefined */ 
(4)  (since C99) 
#define FP_FAST_FMAF /* implementationdefined */ 
(5)  (since C99) 
#define FP_FAST_FMAL /* implementationdefined */ 
(6)  (since C99) 
Defined in header <tgmath.h>


#define fma( x, y, z ) 
(7)  (since C99) 
FP_FAST_FMAF
, FP_FAST_FMA
, or FP_FAST_FMAL
are defined, the corresponding function fmaf
, fma
, or fmal
evaluates faster (in addition to being more precise) than the expression x*y+z for float, double, and long double arguments, respectively. If defined, these macros evaluate to integer 1.fmal
is called. Otherwise, if any argument has integer type or has type double, fma
is called. Otherwise, fmaf
is called.Parameters
x, y, z    floating point values 
Return value
If successful, returns the value of (x*y) + z as if calculated to infinite precision and rounded once to fit the result type (or, alternatively, calculated as a single ternary floatingpoint operation).
If a range error due to overflow occurs, ±HUGE_VAL
, ±HUGE_VALF
, or ±HUGE_VALL
is returned.
If a range error due to underflow occurs, the correct value (after rounding) is returned.
Error handling
Errors are reported as specified in math_errhandling.
If the implementation supports IEEE floatingpoint arithmetic (IEC 60559),
 If x is zero and y is infinite or if x is infinite and y is zero, and z is not a NaN, then NaN is returned and FE_INVALID is raised
 If x is zero and y is infinite or if x is infinite and y is zero, and z is a NaN, then NaN is returned and FE_INVALID may be raised
 If x*y is an exact infinity and z is an infinity with the opposite sign, NaN is returned and FE_INVALID is raised
 If x or y are NaN, NaN is returned
 If z is NaN, and x*y aren't 0*Inf or Inf*0, then NaN is returned (without FE_INVALID)
Notes
This operation is commonly implemented in hardware as fused multiplyadd CPU instruction. If supported by hardware, the appropriate FP_FAST_FMA* macros are expected to be defined, but many implementations make use of the CPU instruction even when the macros are not defined.
POSIX specifies that the situation where the value x*y is invalid and z is a NaN is a domain error.
Due to its infinite intermediate precision, fma
is a common building block of other correctlyrounded mathematical operations, such as sqrt or even the division (where not provided by the CPU, e.g. Itanium).
As with all floatingpoint expressions, the expression (x*y) + z may be compiled as a fused mutiplyadd unless the #pragma STDC FP_CONTRACT is off.
Example
#include <stdio.h> #include <math.h> #include <float.h> #include <fenv.h> #pragma STDC FENV_ACCESS ON int main(void) { // demo the difference between fma and builtin operators double in = 0.1; printf("0.1 double is %.23f (%a)\n", in, in); printf("0.1*10 is 1.0000000000000000555112 (0x8.0000000000002p3)," " or 1.0 if rounded to double\n"); double expr_result = 0.1 * 10  1; printf("0.1 * 10  1 = %g : 1 subtracted after " "intermediate rounding to 1.0\n", expr_result); double fma_result = fma(0.1, 10, 1); printf("fma(0.1, 10, 1) = %g (%a)\n", fma_result, fma_result); // fma use in doubledouble arithmetic printf("\nin doubledouble arithmetic, 0.1 * 10 is representable as "); double high = 0.1 * 10; double low = fma(0.1, 10, high); printf("%g + %g\n\n", high, low); //error handling feclearexcept(FE_ALL_EXCEPT); printf("fma(+Inf, 10, Inf) = %f\n", fma(INFINITY, 10, INFINITY)); if(fetestexcept(FE_INVALID)) puts(" FE_INVALID raised"); }
Possible output:
0.1 double is 0.10000000000000000555112 (0x1.999999999999ap4) 0.1*10 is 1.0000000000000000555112 (0x8.0000000000002p3), or 1.0 if rounded to double 0.1 * 10  1 = 0 : 1 subtracted after intermediate rounding to 1.0 fma(0.1, 10, 1) = 5.55112e17 (0x1p54) in doubledouble arithmetic, 0.1 * 10 is representable as 1 + 5.55112e17 fma(+Inf, 10, Inf) = nan FE_INVALID raised
References
 C11 standard (ISO/IEC 9899:2011):
 7.12.13.1 The fma functions (p: 258)
 7.25 Typegeneric math <tgmath.h> (p: 373375)
 F.10.10.1 The fma functions (p: 530)
 C99 standard (ISO/IEC 9899:1999):
 7.12.13.1 The fma functions (p: 239)
 7.22 Typegeneric math <tgmath.h> (p: 335337)
 F.9.10.1 The fma functions (p: 466)
See also
(C99)(C99)(C99) 
computes signed remainder of the floatingpoint division operation (function) 
(C99)(C99)(C99) 
computes signed remainder as well as the three last bits of the division operation (function) 
C++ documentation for fma
