SPEC Flag Description for the Intel(R) C++ and Fortran Compiler 10.1 for Intel 64 applications (32-bit versions used at peak for some benchmarks)

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Optimization Flags


Portability Flags


Compiler Flags


System and Other Tuning Information

Platform settings

One or more of the following settings may have been set. If so, the "General Notes" section of the report will say so; and you can read below to find out more about what these settings mean.

KMP_STACKSIZE

Specify stack size to be allocated for each thread.

KMP_BLOCKTIME

Sets the time, in milliseconds, that a thread should wait, after completing the execution of a parallel region, before sleeping. Specify infinite for an unlimited wait time. The default is 200 milliseconds.

KMP_AFFINITY

KMP_AFFINITY = , starting-core-id specifies the static mapping of user threads to physical cores, for example, if you have asystem configured with 8 cores, OMP_NUM_THREADS=8 and KMP_AFFINITY=physical,2. Thread 0 will mapped to core 2, thread 1 will be mapped to core 3, and so on in a round-robin fashion.

KMP_LIBRARY

Selects the OpenMP runtime library throughput.

The options for the variable value are: serial, turnaround, or throughput indicating the execution mode. The default value of throughput is used if this variable is not specified.

OMP_NUM_THREADS

Sets the maximum number of threads to use for OpenMP* parallel regions if no other value is specified in the application. This environment variable applies to both -openmp and -parallel (Linux and Mac OS X) or /Qopenmp and /Qparallel (Windows). Example syntax on a Linux system with 8 cores: export OMP_NUM_THREADS=8

OMP_DYNAMIC

The OMP_DYNAMIC environment variable controls dynamic adjustment of the number of threads to use for executing parallel regions. The value of this environment variable must be true or false. If the environment variable is set to true, the OpenMP implementation may adjust the number of threads to use for executing parallel regions in order to optimize the use of system resources. If the environment variable is set to false, the dynamic adjustment of the number of threads is disabled.

Hardware Prefetch:

This BIOS option allows the enabling/disabling of a processor mechanism to prefetch data into the cache according to a pattern-recognition algorithm.

In some cases, setting this option to Disabled may improve performance. Users should only disable this option after performing application benchmarking to verify improved performance in their environment.

Adjacent Sector Prefetch:

This BIOS option allows the enabling/disabling of a processor mechanism to fetch the adjacent cache line within an 128-byte sector that contains the data needed due to a cache line miss.

In some cases, setting this option to Disabled may improve performance. Users should only disable this option after performing application benchmarking to verify improved performance in their environment.

ulimit -s

Sets the stack size to n kbytes, or unlimited to allow the stack size to grow without limit.

submit= MYMASK=`printf '0x%x' \$((1<<\$SPECCOPYNUM))`; /usr/bin/taskset \$MYMASK $command

When running multiple copies of benchmarks, the SPEC config file feature submit is sometimes used to cause individual jobs to be bound to specific processors. This specific submit command is used for Linux. The description of the elements of the command are: