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I coined Integers Of Unusual Size to mean "bignum" using GMP, the underpinning of Mathematica's ability to craft very big numbers.

I have these functions from this question:

ascendingQ[x_] := 3 == Mod[x, 4]
uniqueQ[x_] := 0 != Mod[2 x - 1, 3]
uniqueRank[n_, m_] := Block[{a = If[1 != n && OddQ[n], n - 1, n]},
   (n + IntegerExponent[a, 2]) 2^m - 1]  

The first two need "bignum" inputs and the third needs "bignum" output

And I have this variation of countOrbit which we will use for our research:

totalOrbit[x_] := 
 Block[{h = x, t, c = 0, m, n, mt = 0, nt = 0},
  While[1 != h,
   h = (t = -1 + (3/2)^(m = IntegerExponent[h + 1, 2]) (h + 1))/
     2^(n = IntegerExponent[t, 2]);
   mt += m;
   nt += n;
  c = 2 mt + nt

This needs "bignum" everywhere. When we get a sufficiently frisky totalOrbit I will recast countOrbit.

After I execute the compiled totalOrbit, I get error messages about exceeding machine precision,

cto = Compile[{x}, totalOrbit[x]]

so, I need a way to indicate that all numbers are "bignums."

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Unfortunately Compile supports only machine-size integers, ruling out bignums. – kirma Aug 5 '13 at 10:54
@kirma, make that an answer and I will accept it. – Fred Kline Aug 5 '13 at 11:48
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Unfortunately Compile supports only machine-size integers, ruling out bignums.

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Where is "machine-size integer" defined and documented? Does it vary between machines, and how can I determine what it is on my machine? – rogerl Dec 25 '15 at 2:26
@rogerl Please see $MaxMachineInteger. You can get the maximum machine-size integer with Needs["Developer`"]; Developer`$MaxMachineInteger. $MinMachineInteger interestingly enough doesn't exist, but on all even remotely modern architectures (that is, two's complement arithmetic) it would be equal to -Developer`$MaxMachineInteger-1. – kirma Dec 25 '15 at 7:21
Actually my statement on minimum machine-size integer seems to be false. Developer`MachineIntegerQ[-Developer`$MaxMachineInteger - 1] returns false, but Developer`MachineIntegerQ[-Developer`$MaxMachineInteger] returns true. This also corresponds to the documentation... but it's not consistent with how "native" signed types work on real hardware. – kirma Dec 25 '15 at 7:30
Thanks. I didn't know about that package. And so given this (on my machine, this is $2^{63}-1$, as I expected), can I expect compiled programs with integer arguments to function properly up to this bound? (I realize that this is exactly what the documentation for Compile says.) – rogerl Dec 25 '15 at 13:14
Oh, and with respect to the minimum machine-size integer, I think you would expect it to be equal to -$MaxMachineInteger + 1, not -$MaxMachineInteger-1$. But in any case, -$MaxMachineInteger returning True is indeed unexpected. – rogerl Dec 25 '15 at 13:19

As pointed out in the comments, Compile uses machine numbers only. Also note that IntegerExponent is not a compilable function as can be seen from this example:

f = Compile[{{in, _Integer, 0}}, IntegerExponent[in]];

Note the call to MainEvaluate in the output. This indicates that the function can not be compiled.

Concerning your top level functions, the switch between bignum and machine integer is opaque in Mathematica. If a calculation needs big integers it will internally switch to such a representation. No action on your part is required for that.

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