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_controlfp_s 

Gets and sets the floating-point control word. This is a version of _control87, _controlfp, __control87_2 with security enhancements as described in Security Enhancements in the CRT.


errno_t _controlfp_s(
    unsigned int *currentControl,
    unsigned int newControl,
    unsigned int mask
);

Parameters

currentControl

The current control-word bit value.

newControl

New control-word bit values.

mask

Mask for new control-word bits to set.

Zero if successful or an errno value error code.

The _controlfp_s is a platform-independent and more secure version of _control87, which gets and sets the floating-point control word into the address of currentControl and newControl, respectively. The bits in the values indicate the floating-point control state. The floating-point control state allows the program to change the precision, rounding, and infinity modes in the floating-point math package. One can also mask or unmask floating-point exceptions using _controlfp_s.

If the value for mask is equal to 0, _controlfp_s gets the floating-point control word. If mask is nonzero, a new value for the control word is set: For any bit that is on (equal to 1) in mask, the corresponding bit in new is used to update the control word. In other words, fpcntrl = ((fpcntrl & ~mask) | (new & mask)) where fpcntrl is the floating-point control word.

NoteNote

The run-time libraries mask all floating-point exceptions by default.

_controlfp_s is nearly identical to the _control87 function on Intel (x86) platforms and is supported by the MIPS and ALPHA platforms. To ensure that the floating-point code is portable to MIPS or ALPHA, use _controlfp_s. If you are targeting x86 platforms, use _control87 or _controlfp_s.

The difference between _control87 and _controlfp_s is the way these two functions treat DENORMAL values. For Intel (x86) platforms, _control87 can set and clear the DENORMAL OPERAND exception mask. ALPHA platforms do not support this exception, and _controlfp_s does not modify the DENORMAL OPERAND exception mask. The following example demonstrates the difference:

_control87( _EM_INVALID, _MCW_EM ); 
// DENORMAL is unmasked by this call.
_controlfp( _EM_INVALID, _MCW_EM ); 
// DENORMAL exception mask remains unchanged.

The possible values for the mask constant (mask) and new control values (newControl) are shown in the following Hexadecimal Values table. Use the portable constants listed below (_MCW_EM, _EM_INVALID, and so on) as arguments to these functions, rather than supplying the hexadecimal values explicitly.

ALPHA platforms support the DENORMAL input and output values in software. The default behavior of Windows NT on these platforms is to flush the DENORMAL input and output values to zero. _controlfp_s provides a new mask to preserve and flush the input and output DENORMAL values.

Intel (x86) platforms support the DENORMAL input and output values in hardware. The behavior is to preserve DENORMAL values. _control87 does not provide a mask to change this behavior. The following example demonstrates this difference:

controlfp( _DN_SAVE, _MCW_DN);   
// Denormal values preserved by software on ALPHA. NOP on x86
controlfp( _DN_FLUSH, _MCW_DN);   
// Denormal values flushed to zero by hardware on ALPHA. Ignored on x86

_controlfp_s affects the control words for both the x87 and the SSE2, if present. It is possible for the two control words to be inconsistent with each other (because of a previous call to __control87_2, for example); if there is an inconsistency between the two control words, _controlfp_s sets the EM_AMBIGUOUS flag in currentControl. This is a warning that the returned control word might not represent the state of both floating-point control words accurately.

On the x64 architecture, changing the floating-point precision is not supported. If the precision control mask is used on that platform, the invalid parameter handler is invoked, as described in Parameter Validation.

In Visual C++ 2005, _controlfp_s has been optimized for better performance on all machine architectures.

If the mask is not set correctly, this function generates an invalid parameter exception, as described in Parameter Validation. If execution is allowed to continue, this function returns EINVAL and sets errno to EINVAL.

This function is deprecated when compiling with /clr (Common Language Runtime Compilation) or /clr:pure because the common language runtime only supports the default floating-point precision.

Hexadecimal Values

For the _MCW_EM mask, clearing the mask sets the exception, which allows the hardware exception; setting the mask hides the exception. Note that if a _EM_UNDERFLOW or _EM_OVERFLOW occurs, no hardware exception is thrown until the next floating-point instruction is executed. To generate a hardware exception immediately after _EM_UNDERFLOW or _EM_OVERFLOW, call the FWAIT MASM instruction.

Mask Hex value Constant Hex value

_MCW_DN (Denormal control)

0x03000000

_DN_SAVE

_DN_FLUSH

0x00000000

0x01000000

_MCW_EM (Interrupt exception mask)

0x0008001F

_EM_INVALID

_EM_DENORMAL

_EM_ZERODIVIDE

_EM_OVERFLOW

_EM_UNDERFLOW

_EM_INEXACT

0x00000010

0x00080000

0x00000008

0x00000004

0x00000002

0x00000001

_MCW_IC (Infinity control)

0x00040000

_IC_AFFINE

_IC_PROJECTIVE

0x00040000

0x00000000

_MCW_RC (Rounding control)

0x00000300

_RC_CHOP

_RC_UP

_RC_DOWN

_RC_NEAR

0x00000300

0x00000200

0x00000100

0x00000000

_MCW_PC (Precision control)

0x00030000

_PC_24 (24 bits)

_PC_53 (53 bits)

_PC_64 (64 bits)

0x00020000

0x00010000

0x00000000

Routine Required header Compatibility

_controlfp_s

<float.h>

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003; x86 processor only

For more compatibility information, see Compatibility in the Introduction.

// crt_contrlfp_s.c
// processor: x86
// This program uses _controlfp_s to output the FP control 
// word, set the precision to 24 bits, and reset the status to 
// the default.
//

#include <stdio.h>
#include <float.h>
#pragma fenv_access (on)

int main( void )
{
    double a = 0.1;
    unsigned int control_word;
    int err;

    // Show original FP control word and do calculation.
    err = _controlfp_s(&control_word, 0, 0);
    if ( err ) /* handle error here */;

    printf( "Original: 0x%.4x\n", control_word );
    printf( "%1.1f * %1.1f = %.15e\n", a, a, a * a );

    // Set precision to 24 bits and recalculate.
    err = _controlfp_s(&control_word, _PC_24, MCW_PC);
    if ( err ) /* handle error here */;

    printf( "24-bit:   0x%.4x\n", control_word );
    printf( "%1.1f * %1.1f = %.15e\n", a, a, a * a );

    // Restore default precision-control bits and recalculate.
    err = _controlfp_s(&control_word, _CW_DEFAULT, MCW_PC);
    if ( err ) /* handle error here */;

    printf( "Default:  0x%.4x\n", control_word );
    printf( "%1.1f * %1.1f = %.15e\n", a, a, a * a );
}

Original: 0x9001f
0.1 * 0.1 = 1.000000000000000e-002
24-bit:   0xa001f
0.1 * 0.1 = 9.999999776482582e-003
Default:  0x9001f
0.1 * 0.1 = 1.000000000000000e-002

Not applicable. To call the standard C function, use PInvoke. For more information, see Platform Invoke Examples.

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