x87 versus SSE

x87 versus SSE

On a Pentium 4 running Linux Fedora Core 10 and using icc 11.1, is there a way to cause the compiler
to use just the x87 FPU (and not use the SSE FPU)? I have looked at the various compiler options and
I see ways to specify various levels of SSE, but nothing to do just x87.

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For the 32-bit icc, -mia32 specifies x87 code only, no SSE. For 64-bit icc, -O0 or '-O1 -mp' may produce x87 code. As SSE2 was present in the first CPUs for x86_64, there isn't any requirement for x87 except when supporting 80-bit long double.


Is there some C preprocessor symbol defined by the compiler to indicate which FPUs
(x87 only, SSE2 only, or mixed) code generation will be done for?

There are symbols such as __SSE2__ to indicate which instructions are available under the options set on command line. They don't prohibit use of earlier instructions such as x87.

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