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6.60.14 Loop-Specific Pragmas

#pragma GCC ivdep

With this pragma, the programmer asserts that there are no loop-carried dependencies which would prevent that consecutive iterations of the following loop can be executed concurrently with SIMD (single instruction multiple data) instructions.

For example, the compiler can only unconditionally vectorize the following loop with the pragma:

     void foo (int n, int *a, int *b, int *c)
     {
       int i, j;
     #pragma GCC ivdep
       for (i = 0; i < n; ++i)
         a[i] = b[i] + c[i];
     }

In this example, using the restrict qualifier had the same effect. In the following example, that would not be possible. Assume k < -m or k >= m. Only with the pragma, the compiler knows that it can unconditionally vectorize the following loop:

     void ignore_vec_dep (int *a, int k, int c, int m)
     {
     #pragma GCC ivdep
       for (int i = 0; i < m; i++)
         a[i] = a[i + k] * c;
     }