Math.imul()

The Math.imul() function returns the result of the C-like 32-bit multiplication of the two parameters.

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Syntax

Math.imul(a, b)

Parameters

a

First number.

b

Second number.

Return value

The result of the C-like 32-bit multiplication of the given arguments.

Description

Math.imul() allows for 32-bit integer multiplication with C-like semantics. This feature is useful for projects like Emscripten.

Because imul() is a static method of Math, you always use it as Math.imul(), rather than as a method of a Math object you created (Math is not a constructor).

If you use normal JavaScript floating point numbers in imul, you will experience a degrade in performance. This is because of the costly conversion from a floating point to an integer for multiplication, and then converting the multiplied integer back into a floating point. The reason imul exists is because it is faster in only one (so far) circumstance: AsmJS. AsmJS allows for JIT-optimizers to more easily implement internal integers in JavaScript. Multiplying two numbers stored internally as integers (which is only possible with AsmJS) with imul is the only potential circumstance where Math.imul may prove performant in current browsers.

Examples

Using Math.imul()

Math.imul(2, 4);          // 8
Math.imul(-1, 8);         // -8
Math.imul(-2, -2);        // 4
Math.imul(0xffffffff, 5); // -5
Math.imul(0xfffffffe, 5); // -10

Specifications

Specification
ECMAScript Language Specification
# sec-math.imul

Browser compatibility

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See also