[Cin] Slackware 14.2 64-bit works too

Andrew Randrianasulu randrianasulu at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 11:37:12 CET 2019

update: actually, i was pointed  at this article:


it all about Microsoft compiler, but underlaying problem should be the same for 
all compilers. It even says _sometimes_ auto-vectorization can produce more 
correct results!


Counter Example
The explanations so far would lead you to expect that /fp:fast will sometimes 
(maybe always?) produce a result that is less accurate than /fp:precise. As a 
simple example, let’s consider the sum of the first million reciprocals, or 
Sum(1/n) for n = 1..1000000. I calculated the approximate result using floats, 
and the correct result using Boost’s cpp_dec_float (to a precision of 100 
decimal digits). With /O2 level of optimization, the results are:
float /fp:precise     14.3574
  float /fp:fast     14.3929
  cpp_dec_float<100>     14.39272672286
  So the /fp:fast result is nearer the correct answer than the /fp:precise! 
How can this be?  With /fp:fast the auto-vectorizer emits the SIMD RCPPS machine 
instruction, which is both faster and more accurate than the DIVSS emitted 
for /fp:precise.
This is just one specific case. But the point is that even a complete error 
analysis won’t tell you whether /fp:fastis acceptable in your App – there’s 
more going on. The only way to be sure is to test your App under each regime 
and compare answers.

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В сообщении от Tuesday 12 February 2019 12:17:13 Andrea paz написал(а):
> Thank you, Adrian. You have provided a lot of news and all
> interesting. I am not competent for compilations and coding, but it
> seems that we have almost reached the intrinsic limits of which the
> group of Lumiera spoke (IMO):
> https://www.lumiera.org/project/background/history/CinelerraWoes.html
> CFLAGS: In the Arch wiki they advise against the -03 option because it
> brings instability and there are times when it is slower than -02. But
> your results aren't bad. Can I apply these CFLAGS options to my Arch?
> Are they general or do they only apply to Slackware? Can I try
> vectorization with -ffast-math or are there any other ways that would
> advise against it to an incompetent like me?

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