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When to use flush-to-zero mode

You must select flush-to-zero mode if all the following are true:

  • IEEE 754 compliance is not a requirement for your system

  • the algorithms you are using are such that they sometimes generate denormalized numbers

  • your system uses support code to handle denormalized numbers

  • the algorithms you are using do not depend for their accuracy on the preservation of denormalized numbers

  • the algorithms you are using do not generate frequent exceptions as a result of replacing denormalized numbers with 0.

You can change between flush-to-zero and normal mode at any time, if different parts of your code have different requirements. Numbers already in registers are not affected by changing mode.

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