Is there anyone in the know with this forum who could tell me about the future of Java floating point arithmetic
pronormal and denormal values? It has been my belief that into the future, they will in fact alter the defaulting behaviour.
No, it's described as a low-risk change. As far as I remember, there are still some concerns in the way those modes are managed, especially when a third party library not written in Java interacts with Java but modifies whether or not some exceptional cases should trigger a trap.