[gmx-users] Runtime CPU capabilities detection

David van der Spoel spoel at xray.bmc.uu.se
Wed Oct 1 08:29:55 CEST 2008

Jussi Lehtola wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm doing a Fedora package of GROMACS. Does GROMACS have runtime CPU
> capability detection, i.e. if the package is compiled on a SSE-capable
> processor and run on an i586 (hope not), will it work?
Yes it does. It should work, but e.g. debuggers tend to dislike illegal 
instructions (when e.g. testing for 3DNow on a pentium).
> The safe way is, of course, to disable all assembly loops, which would
> hurt performance a lot...

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