Flushes denormal results to zero.
Linux and macOS:
-ftz or /Qftz
Denormal results are flushed to zero.
Every optimization option O level, except O0, sets [Q]ftz.
This option flushes denormal results to zero when the application is in the gradual underflow mode. It may improve performance if the denormal values are not critical to your application's behavior.
The [Q]ftz option has no effect during compile-time optimization.
The [Q]ftz option sets or resets the FTZ and the DAZ hardware flags. If FTZ is ON, denormal results from floating-point calculations will be set to the value zero. If FTZ is OFF, denormal results remain as is. If DAZ is ON, denormal values used as input to floating-point instructions will be treated as zero. If DAZ is OFF, denormal instruction inputs remain as is. Systems using Intel® 64 architecture have both FTZ and DAZ. FTZ and DAZ are not supported on all IA-32 architectures.
When the [Q]ftz option is used in combination with an SSE-enabling option on systems using IA-32 architecture (for example, the [Q]xSSE2 option), the compiler will insert code in the main routine to set FTZ and DAZ. When [Q]ftz is used without such an option, the compiler will insert code to conditionally set FTZ/DAZ based on a run-time processor check.
If you specify option -no-ftz (Linux and macOS*) or option /Qftz- (Windows), it prevents the compiler from inserting any code that might set FTZ or DAZ.
Option [Q]ftz only has an effect when the main program is being compiled. It sets the FTZ/DAZ mode for the process. The initial thread and any threads subsequently created by that process will operate in FTZ/DAZ mode.
If this option produces undesirable results of the numerical behavior of your program, you can turn the FTZ/DAZ mode off by specifying -no-ftz or /Qftz- in the command line while still benefiting from the O3 optimizations.
Option [Q]ftz is a performance option. Setting this option does not guarantee that all denormals in a program are flushed to zero. The option only causes denormals generated at run time to be flushed to zero.
Visual Studio: Optimization > Flush Denormal Results to Zero
Eclipse: Floating-Point > Flush Denormal Results to Zero
Xcode: Floating-Point > Flush Denormal Results to Zero