Using the ARCHITECTURE and TUNE options


The ARCHITECTURE option specifies the architectural level for which the executable program's instructions will be generated.

The ARCHITECTURE option instructs the compiler to structure your application to execute on a particular set of machines that support the specified instruction set and later. The choice of processor gives you the flexibility of compiling your application to execute optimally on a particular machine or on any higher-level architecture machines but still have as much architecture-specific optimization applied as possible.

Using the correct ARCHITECTURE option is the most important step in influencing chip-level optimization. The compiler uses the ARCHITECTURE option to make both high and low-level optimization decisions and trade-offs. The ARCHITECTURE option allows the compiler to access the full range of processor hardware instructions and capabilities when making code generation decisions. Even at low optimization levels, specifying the correct target architecture can have a positive impact on performance.

For example, to compile applications with the z/OS® XL C/C++ compiler to produce code that uses instructions available on the z13® models, use ARCHITECTURE(11). To compile z/OS C/C++ applications that will only run on 64-bit mode capable hardware, use ARCHITECTURE(5) to select the entire 64-bit z/Architecture® family of processors.

TUNE option

The TUNE option specifies for which architectural level the executable program will be optimized. The TUNE option allows the compiler to take advantage of differences (such as scheduling of instructions) in architectural levels.

Use the TUNE option to direct the optimizer to bias optimization decisions for executing the application on a particular architecture but not preventing the application from running on other architectures. The default TUNE setting depends on the setting of the ARCHITECTURE option. If the ARCHITECTURE option selects a particular machine architecture, the range of TUNE suboptions that are supported is limited by the chosen architecture and all architectures above that level. Using TUNE allows the optimizer to perform transformations, such as instruction scheduling, so that resulting code executes most efficiently on your chosen TUNE architecture.

Use TUNE to specify the most common or important processor where your application executes. For example, if your application usually executes on zEC12 models but sometimes executes on z13 models, use TUNE(10). The code generated executes more efficiently on zEC12 models but can run correctly on z13 models.