PGI Compilation Questions

I'm new to PGI. Which compiler flags should I be using?

For users interested in compiling their code to run reasonably fast, we provide this list of recommended default flags. For users interested in achieving peak performance, a list of tuning flags follows below.

PGI Recommended Default Flags

Compiler Flags
PGFORTRAN -fast -Mipa=fast,inline
PGCC -fast -Mipa=fast,inline -Msmartalloc
PGC++ -fast -Mipa=fast,inline -Msmartalloc


-fast A generally optimal set of options including global optimization, SIMD vectorization, loop unrolling and cache optimizations.
-Mipa=fast,inline Aggressive inter-procedural analysis and optimization, including automatic inlining.
-Msmartalloc Use optimized memory allocation (Linux only).

PGI Tuning Flags

Flag Usage
-Mconcur Enable auto-parallelization; for use with multi-core or multi-processor targets.
-mp Enable OpenMP; enable user inserted parallel programming directives and pragmas.
-Mprefetch Control generation of prefetch instructions to improve memory performance in compute-intensive loops.
-Msafeptr Ignore potential data dependencies between C/C++ pointers.
-Mfprelaxed Relax floating point precision; trade accuracy for speed.
-tp=cpua,cpub Create a PGI Unified Binary for two or more cpu types, which functions correctly on and is optimized for two cpus. For example, -tp=sandybridge,bulldozer optimizes for both Intel 'Sandybridge' and AMD 'Bulldozer' cpu types.
-Mpfi/-Mpfo Profile Feedback Optimization; requires two compilation passes and an interim execution to generate a profile.

Please see the PGI Compiler Reference Manual for detailed flag information. Find more specific information for tuning many popular community applications on the Porting & Tuning Guides page.

What are Intrinsics and how do I call them directly?

Inline intrinsic functions map to actual x86 or x64 machine instructions. Intrinsics are inserted inline to avoid the overhead of a function call. The compiler has special knowlege of intrinsics, so with use of intrinsics, better code may be generated as compared to extended inline assembly code. Intrinsics are available in C and C++ programs running on Linux or Windows only.

See the PGI Compiler User's Guide, Chapter 15, for more information about intrinsics.

Which versions of the OpenMP specification do you support?

PGI supports through the OpenMP 3.1 specification.

How Do I Remove the 'FORTRAN STOP' message when 'STOP' is Encountered?

Declare the NO_STOP_MESSAGE environment variable and assign it any value.

What do I do when the compiler intermittently fails with SIG interrupt or bad output?

If any of the compilers fail from time to time with a SIGSEGV or SIGNAL 11 interrupt, it could be your temp directory.

A problem like this where a compile has been terminated

% pgfortran x.f90 -fast 
pgf90-Fatal-/usr/pgi/linux86-64/12.0/bin/pgf901 TERMINATED by signal 11
Arguments to /usr/pgi/linux86-64/12.0/bin/pgf901
/usr/pgi/linux86-64/12.0/bin/pgf901 x.f90 -opt 2 -terse 1 -inform warn -nohpf -nostatic 
-x 19 0x400000 -quad -x 59 4 -x 59 4 -x 15 2 -x 49 0x400004 -x 51 0x20 -x 57 0x4c 
-x 58 0x10000 -x 124 0x1000 -x 57 0xfb0000 -x 58 0x78031040 -x 70 0x6c00 -x 47 0x400000 
-x 48 4608 -x 49 0x100 -x 120 0x200 -stdinc /usr/pgi/linux86-64/12.0/include:/usr/local/
4.1.2/include:/usr/include -def unix i -def __unix -def __unix__ -def linux -def __linux 
-def __linux__ -def __NO_MATH_INLINES -def __x86_64__ -def __LONG_MAX__=9223372036854775807L 
-def '__SIZE_TYPE__=unsigned long int' -def '__PTRDIFF_TYPE__=long int' -def __THROW= 
-def __extension__= -def __amd64__ -def __SSE__ -def __MMX__ -def __SSE2__ -def __SSE3__ 
-def __SSSE3__  -preprocess -freeform -vect 48 -y 54 1 -x 53 2 -quad -x 119 0x10000000 
-modexport /tmp/pgf90Em9bAdWSVOUt.cmod -modindex /tmp/pgf90om9bQEWzq5Vy.cmdx 
-output /tmp/pgf90Um9bkYHrQ0B4.ilm

There are a number of possible reasons why the program seg faults during compilation. Two reasons that often come up are 1) temporary directories ($TMPDIR by default set to /tmp) that are not large enough to handle the intermediate files the compilers create, and 2) not enough stack space (limit stacksize nnnn) for the compilers need.

Why don't the PGI Fortran compilers handle #include statements the same as include statements?

The statements

 #include "filename"
           include "filename" 

are handled differently in pgf77 and pgfortran. #include is a preprocessor statement, while the indented include statement is handled by the front end of the compiler.

To handle files with #include statements, either rename the file from x.f to x.F, or use the switch ‑Mpreprocess in your compile line.

How do I easily call pgcc as cc?

Some users want to keep gcc, and call pgcc as cc. The easiest way to do this is to create a script file named cc and make sure your path is set up to find the cc script file. The script file, using csh syntax, is:

      setenv PGI /usr/pgi      #! or wherever pgcc is installed
      set path=($PGI/linux86/bin $path)
      pgcc $* 

If the PGI environment variable is already set, then delete the setenv command.

We don't recommend renaming pgcc to cc. There are several changes necessary for this to work correctly, and each new release can cause problems due to changes in the driver structure.

Why does the F2003 SIZE intrinsic not handle large arrays properly in 64-bit?

The SIZE intrinsic is set to the same function type as the default INTEGER, which is four bytes with the 64-bit compilers. Compiling with -i8, the default integer size is eight, and the SIZE intrinsic will now be eight bytes.

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