SSE & AVX Vectorization


First AVX Code: SQRT calculation

Now that we have reviewed all the requirements, the autovectorization, and AVX intrinsics, we can create our first manually vectorized program. In this exercise, you need to vectorize a sqrt calculation of float numbers. We will explicitly use the __m256 datatype to store our floats, reducing the overhead in data loading.

Vectorized SQRT

You will probably see a 600% performance improvement or more. That is, once you have the data loaded, AVX will perform up to 7 times faster than normal sqrtf. The theoretical limit is 800%, but it's rarely achieved. You can expect between a 300% and 600% average increase.

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