GNU Compiler Collection Flags

Flag descriptions for GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection

Note: The GNU Compiler Collection provides a wide array of compiler options, described in detail and readily available at and This SPEC CPU flags file contains excerpts from and brief summaries of portions of that documentation.

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Optimization Flags

Portability Flags

Compiler Flags

Other Flags

Commands and Options Used to Submit Benchmark Runs

SPECrate runs might use one of these methods to bind processes to specific processors, depending on the config file.

Commands and Options Used for Feedback-Directed Optimization

No special commands are needed for feedback-directed optimization, other than the compiler profile  flags.

Shell, Environment, and Other Software Settings

One or more of the following may have been used in the run. If so, it will be listed in the notes sections. Here is a brief guide to understanding them: