Re: [eigen] Vectorization for general use

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PS. has a nice CPUID example

On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 12:24 AM Edward Lam <edward@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Offhand, I wonder if you could put main() in its own source file and compile it without any vectorization compiler options, and have that call your real main() renamed in a different source file that does have vectorization compiler options enabled. Then your new main() could do CPUID checks (eg. ) and bail out gracefully. You will of course need to ensure that the CPUID checks are accurate for your compiler options, which may present its own challenges.


On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 10:52 PM Rob McDonald <rob.a.mcdonald@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I maintain an open source program that uses Eigen.  The vast majority of my users do not compile the program, instead downloading a pre-compiled binary from our website.  About 80% are on Windows, 10% on Mac and 10% on Linux.  I only provide X86 builds, 32 and 64-bit on Windows, 64-bit only on Mac and Linux.  We may eliminate the 32-bit Windows build soon.

Historically, I have compiled with no special flags enabling vectorization options for the CPU.  I would like to pursue this as I expect it will unlock some nice performance gains.  However, I'd like to keep things simple and compatible for users.

What happens when someone runs a program compiled with vectorization when their CPU does not support it?  If it fails, how graceful is the failure?

Is there a standard approach to identify the capabilities of a given machine?  I could add that to my program and survey users before making a change...  Would such code still run on a machine that was in the process of failing due to not having support for the built in vectorization?  I.e. if it is crashing, can we send a message as to why we're going down?

Is there a graceful way to support multiple options?

Any tips from other broad use applications is greatly appreciated.


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