Data Types and Operations
Data Type Selection Considerations
- Select the most appropriate data type for your application. For example, do not define your variable asfloatif the data typeshortis sufficient.
- Ensure that both sides of an arithmetic expression belong to the same data type. Consider an example where one side of an arithmetic expression is a floating-point value and the other side is an integer. The mismatched data types cause theIntel® oneAPIto create implicit conversion operators, which can become expensive if they are present in large numbers.DPC++/C++Compiler
- Take advantage of padding if it exists in your data structures. For example, if you only needfloat3data type, which has the same size asfloat4, you may change the data type tofloat4to make use of the extra dimension to carry an unrelated value.
Arithmetic Operation Considerations
- Introduce floating-point arithmetic operations only when necessary.
- TheIntel® oneAPIdefaults floating-point constants to double data type. Add anDPC++/C++Compilerfdesignation to the constant to make it a single precision floating-point operation. For example, the arithmetic operationsin(1.0)represents a double precision floating-point sine function. The arithmetic operationsin(1.0f)represents a single precision floating-point sine function.
- If you do not require full precision result for a complex function, compute simpler arithmetic operations to approximate the result. Consider the following example scenarios:
- Instead of computing the functionpow(x,n)wherenis a small value, approximate the result by performing repeated squaring operations because they require much less hardware resources and area.
- Ensure you are aware of the original and approximated area uses because in some cases, computing a result via approximation might result in excess area use. For example, thesqrtfunction is not resource-intensive. Other than a rough approximation, replacing thesqrtfunction with arithmetic operations that the host must compute at runtime might result in larger area use.
- If your kernel performs a complex arithmetic operation with a constant that theIntel® oneAPIcomputes at compilation time (for example,DPC++/C++Compilerlog(PI/2.0)), perform the arithmetic operation on the host instead and pass the result as an argument to the kernel at runtime.