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Type: Bug
ID: 774941
Opened: 12/21/2012 4:42:05 AM
Access Restriction: Public
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Today i was figthing with wrong calculation results.
After debugging a while, it seems that the compiler generates wrong machine code.
This error occurs only when the optimization is switched on (Maximize Speed).

In order to investigate this problem in more detail, i copied some lines of code into a standard WinMain function.
There i got the same result.

I am using Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop Version 11.0.51106.01 Update 1

kind regards,
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Posted by Microsoft on 2/1/2013 at 3:42 PM
Hi, thanks for the great bug report. This is a bug in the compiler optimizer. You can work around this in the source code by disabling vectorization for this loop, using #pragma loop(no_vector) immediately above the 'while' loop.

If you feel you would like a hotfix for VS 2012, please visit the support site:


I am closing this MSConnect item. Feel free to re-activate it if you need anything else.

Eric Brumer - Microsoft Visual C++
Posted by Microsoft on 12/23/2012 at 11:18 PM
Thanks for your feedback.

We are rerouting this issue to the appropriate group within the Visual Studio Product Team for triage and resolution. These specialized experts will follow-up with your issue.
Posted by UnitUniverse on 12/22/2012 at 5:31 AM
The v110, v110_xp and v120_CTP_Nov2012 all hit this bug...
Posted by paulus wahl on 12/21/2012 at 10:26 AM
Hi, in the mean time i found the exact reason.
Here is some output of the disassembly window, along with some comments:

    int idx=0;
00C01080 movsd     xmm0,mmword ptr [eax+18h]
00C01085 movsd     xmm1,mmword ptr [eax]
00C01089 add         eax,30h
00C0108C unpcklpd    xmm1,xmm0
00C01090 subpd     xmm1,xmm3
00C01094 movlpd     qword ptr [eax-30h],xmm1
00C01099 movhpd     qword ptr [eax-18h],xmm1
Here is one line missing, XMM0 is not initialized with 'movsd     xmm1,mmword ptr [eax-18h] '
and therefore XMM0 contains it's original value of 12.
three lines later xmm1 is multiplied with -1 (xmm4),
and this is the reason for having '-11, -12' in the array (instead of '-11, -11')
00C0109E movsd     xmm1,mmword ptr [eax-30h]
00C010A3 unpcklpd    xmm1,xmm0
00C010A7 mulpd     xmm1,xmm4
00C010AB movlpd     qword ptr [eax-30h],xmm1
00C010B0 movhpd     qword ptr [eax-18h],xmm1
00C010B5 dec         ecx
00C010B6 jne         wWinMain+80h (0C01080h)

So for me it seems that the compiler 'forgets' about one line of code.
Hope that helps.

cu Pauli
Posted by Microsoft on 12/21/2012 at 4:55 AM
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