CPU2006 Flag Description
Dell Inc. Dell Precision 390 (Intel X6800, 2.93 GHz)

Base Compiler Invocation

C benchmarks

C++ benchmarks

Peak Compiler Invocation

C benchmarks

C++ benchmarks

Base Portability Flags




Peak Portability Flags




Base Optimization Flags

C benchmarks

C++ benchmarks

Peak Optimization Flags

C benchmarks










C++ benchmarks




    • -fast
    • [user]
    • The -fast option enhances execution speed across the entire program by including the following options that can improve run-time performance:

      -O3   (maximum speed and high-level optimizations)

      -Qipo (enables interprocedural optimizations across files)

      -QxP  (generate code specialized for Intel Pentium 4 processor and compatible Intel processors with Streaming SIMD Extensions 3)

      -Qprec-div- (disable -Qprec-div) where -Qprec-div improves precision of FP divides (some speed impact)

      To override one of the options set by /fast, specify that option after the -fast option on the command line. The exception is the xP or QxP option which can't be overridden. The options set by /fast may change from release to release.

    • Includes:
    • -Qcxx_features
    • [user]
    • Enable C++ Exception Handling and RTTI This option has the same effect as specifying /GX /GR.

    • Includes:
    • /F512000000
    • [user]
    • set the stack reserve amount specified to the linker

    • shlW32M.lib
    • [user]
    • 32-bit MicroQuill SmartHeap Library 8.0 for Windows available from http://www.microquill.com/

    • -link /FORCE:MULTIPLE
    • [user]
    • LDOUT
    • Enable SmartHeap library usage by forcing the linker to ignore multiple definitions

Base Other Flags

C benchmarks


    • -Dalloca=_alloca
    • [benchmark]
    • This allows alloca to be set to the compiler's preferred alloca by SPEC rules.

Peak Other Flags

C benchmarks


    • -Dalloca=_alloca
    • [benchmark]
    • This allows alloca to be set to the compiler's preferred alloca by SPEC rules.

Implicitly Included Flags

This section contains descriptions of flags that were included implicitly by other flags, but which do not have a permanent home at SPEC.

    • -O3
    • [user]
    • Enables O2 optimizations plus more aggressive optimizations, such as prefetching, scalar replacement, and loop and memory access transformations. Enables optimizations for maximum speed, such as:
      - Loop unrolling, including instruction scheduling
      - Code replication to eliminate branches
      - Padding the size of certain power-of-two arrays to allow more efficient cache use.
      On IA-32 and Intel EM64T processors, when O3 is used with options -ax or -x (Linux) or with options /Qax or /Qx (Windows), the compiler performs more aggressive data dependency analysis than for O2, which may result in longer compilation times.
      The O3 optimizations may not cause higher performance unless loop and memory access transformations take place. The optimizations may slow down code in some cases compared to O2 optimizations.
      The O3 option is recommended for applications that have loops that heavily use floating-point calculations and process large data sets. On IA-32 Windows platforms, -O3 sets the following:

      /GF (/Qvc7 and above), /Gf (/Qvc6 and below), and /Ob2

    • Includes:
    • -GF
    • [user]
    • This option enables read only string-pooling optimization.

    • -Gf
    • [user]
    • This option enables read/write string-pooling optimization.

    • -Ob_n
    • [user]
    • Specifies the level of inline function expansion.

      Ob0 - Disables inlining of user-defined functions. Note that statement functions are always inlined.

      Ob1 - Enables inlining when an inline keyword or an inline attribute is specified. Also enables inlining according to the C++ language.

      Ob2 - Enables inlining of any function at the compiler's discretion.

    • -O2
    • [user]
    • Enables optimizations for speed. This is the generally recommended optimization level. This option also enables:
      - Inlining of intrinsics
      - Intra-file interprocedural optimizations, which include:
      - inlining
      - constant propagation
      - forward substitution
      - routine attribute propagation
      - variable address-taken analysis
      - dead static function elimination
      - removal of unreferenced variables
      - The following capabilities for performance gain:
      - constant propagation
      - copy propagation
      - dead-code elimination
      - global register allocation
      - global instruction scheduling and control speculation
      - loop unrolling
      - optimized code selection
      - partial redundancy elimination
      - strength reduction/induction variable simplification
      - variable renaming
      - exception handling optimizations
      - tail recursions
      - peephole optimizations
      - structure assignment lowering and optimizations
      - dead store elimination
      On IA-32 Windows platforms, -O2 sets the following:

      /Og, /Oi-, /Os, /Oy, /Ob2, /GF (/Qvc7 and above), /Gf (/Qvc6 and below), /Gs, and /Gy.

    • Includes:
    • -Oi-
    • [user]
    • Disables inline expansion of all intrinsic functions.

    • -Gs
    • [user]
    • This option disables stack-checking for routines with 4096 bytes of local variables and compiler temporaries.

    • -Oy
    • [user]
    • Allows use of EBP as a general-purpose register in optimizations.

    • -Gy
    • [user]
    • This option tells the compiler to separate functions into COMDATs for the linker.

    • -Os
    • [user]
    • This option enables most speed optimizations, but disables some that increase code size for a small speed benefit.

    • -Og
    • [user]
    • This option enables global optimizations.

    • -O1
    • [user]
    • Enables optimizations for speed and disables some optimizations that
      increase code size and affect speed.
      To limit code size, this option:
      - Enables global optimization; this includes data-flow analysis, code motion, strength reduction and test replacement, split-lifetime analysis, and instruction scheduling.
      - Disables intrinsic recognition and intrinsics inlining.
      The O1 option may improve performance for applications with very large code size, many branches, and execution time not dominated by code within loops.
      On IA-32 Windows platforms, -O1 sets the following:

      /Qunroll0, /Oi-, /Op-, /Oy, /Gy, /Os, /GF (/Qvc7 and above), /Gf (/Qvc6 and below), /Ob2, and /Og

    • Includes:
    • -Qunroll_n
    • [user]
    • Tells the compiler the maximum number of times to unroll loops.

    • -Op-
    • [user]
    • Disables conformance to the ANSI C and IEEE 754 standards for floating-point arithmetic.

    • -Qipo
    • [user]
    • Multi-file ip optimizations that includes:
      - inline function expansion
      - interprocedural constant propogation
      - dead code elimination
      - propagation of function characteristics
      - passing arguments in registers
      - loop-invariant code motion

    • -QxP
    • [user]
    • Code is optimized for Intel Core Duo processors, Intel Core Solo processors, Intel Pentium 4 processors with Streaming SIMD Extensions 3, and compatible Intel processors with Streaming SIMD Extensions 3. The resulting code may contain unconditional use of features that are not supported on other processors. This option also enables new optimizations in addition to Intel processor-specific optimizations including advanced data layout and code restructuring optimizations to improve memory accesses for Intel processors.

      Do not use this option if you are executing a program on a processor that is not an Intel processor. If you use this option on a non-compatible processor to compile the main program (in Fortran) or the function main() in C/C++, the program will display a fatal run-time error if they are executed on unsupported processors.

    • -Qprec-div-
    • [user]
    • (disable/enable[default] -Qprec-div[-])

      This option improves precision of floating-point divides. It has a slight impact on speed.

      With some optimizations, such as -xN and -xB (Linux) or /QxN and /QxB (Windows), the compiler may change floating-point division computations into multiplication by the reciprocal of the denominator. For example, A/B is computed as A * (1/B) to improve the speed of the computation.

      However, sometimes the value produced by this transformation is not as accurate as full IEEE division. When it is important to have fully precise IEEE division, use this option to disable the floating-point division-to-multiplication optimization. The result is more accurate, with some loss of performance.

      If you specify -no-prec-div (Linux and Mac OS) or /Qprec-div- (Windows), it enables optimizations that give slightly less precise results than full IEEE division.

    • -GX
    • [user]
    • This option enables C++ exception handling.

    • -GR
    • [user]
    • Enables C++ Run Time Type Information (RTTI).

Flag description origin markings:

[user] Indicates that the flag description came from the user flags file.
[suite] Indicates that the flag description came from the suite-wide flags file.
[benchmark] Indicates that the flag description came from a per-benchmark flags file.

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Tested with SPEC CPU2006 v1.0.
Report generated on Tue Jul 22 10:56:14 2014 by SPEC CPU2006 flags formatter v6906.