[Developers] how to use CCTK_RESTRICT

Erik Schnetter schnetter at cct.lsu.edu
Fri Oct 7 09:51:15 CDT 2005

On Oct 7, 2005, at 08:20:52, Thomas Radke wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm currently doing some investigation on Cactus performance  
> profiling and optimisation. One of the things I've tried was using  
> restrict pointers in MoL (whether this is a reasonable thing to do  
> I'll ask in a separate thread on this mailing list) in the way that  
> I define them as in
> To my surprise I found that the CCTK_RESTRICT macro expands to an  
> empty string so that my changes had no effect at all. I made sure  
> that the C/C++ compiler (in my case it's Intel) does support the  
> qualifier, and the Cactus configure script does recognise it.
> What I don't understand is the logic in lib/make/cctk_Config.h.in  
> which defines/undefines CCTK_RESTRICT depending on the value of  
> CCTK_C_RESTRICT (and CCTK_CXX_RESTRICT respectively for C++). I  
> believe it is a bug that the macro expands to nothing iff  
> CCTK_C_RESTRICT is undefined. Or am I missing something here ?

MoL is written in C, and "restrict" is a keyword there, defined in  
ANSI C.  You should be able to use "restrict" instead of  
"CCTK_RESTRICT".  Cactus autodetects it properly.  Only C++ code has  
problems, because Cactus does not #define "restrict" to anything in C+ 
+, since "restrict" is not a keyword in the C++ standard.


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