
Float to integer conversion
References : Posted by Peter Schoffhauzer
Notes : The fld x/fistp i instructions can be used for fast conversion of floating point numbers to integers. By default, the number is rounded to the nearest integer. However, sometimes that's not what we need.
Bits 12 and 11 if the FPU control word determine the way the FPU rounds numbers. The four rounding states are:
00 = round to nearest (this is the default)
01 = round down (towards infinity)
10 = round up(towards +infinity)
11 = truncate up(towards zero)
The status word is loaded/stored using the fldcw/fstcw instructions. After setting the rounding mode as desired, the float2int() function will use that rounding mode until the control mode is reset. The ceil() and floor() functions set the rounding mode for every instruction, which is very slow. Therefore, it is a lot faster to set the rounding mode (down or up) before processing a block, and use float2int() instead.
References: SIMPLY FPU by Raymond Filiatreault
http://www.website.masmforum.com/tutorials/fptute/index.html
MSVC (and probably other compilers too) has functions defined in for changing the FPU control word: _control87/_controlfp. The equivalent instructions are:
_controlfp(_RC_CHOP, _MCW_RC); // set rounding mode to truncate
_controlfp(_RC_UP _MCW_RC); // set rounding mode to up (ceil)
_controlfp(_RC_DOWN, _MCW_RC); // set rounding mode to down (floor)
_controlfp(_RC_NEAR, _MCW_RC); // set rounding mode to near (default)
Note that the FPU rounding mode affects other calculations too, so the same code may give different results.
Alternatively, single precision floating point numbers can be truncated or rounded to integers by using SSE instructions cvtss2si, cvttss2si, cvtps2pi or cvttps2pi, where SSE instructions are available (which means probably on all modern CPUs). These are not discussed here in detail, but I provided the function truncateSSE which always truncates a single precision floating point number to integer, regardless of the current rounding mode.
(Also I think the SSE rounding mode can differ from the rounding mode set in the FPU control word, but I haven't tested it so far.)
Code : #ifndef __FPU_ROUNDING_H_
#define __FPU_ROUNDING_H_
static short control_word;
static short control_word2;
// round a float to int using the actual rounding mode
inline int float2int(float x) {
int i;
__asm {
fld x
fistp i
}
return i;
}
// set rounding mode to nearest
inline void set_round2near() {
__asm {
fstcw control_word // store fpu control word
mov dx, word ptr [control_word]
and dx,0xf9ff // round towards nearest (default)
mov control_word2, dx
fldcw control_word2 // load modfied control word
}
}
// set rounding mode to round down
inline void set_round_down() {
__asm {
fstcw control_word // store fpu control word
mov dx, word ptr [control_word]
or dx,0x0400 // round towards inf
and dx,0xf7ff
mov control_word2, dx
fldcw control_word2 // load modfied control word
}
}
// set rounding mode to round up
inline void set_round_up() {
__asm {
fstcw control_word // store fpu control word
mov dx, word ptr [control_word]
or dx,0x0800 // round towards +inf
and dx,0xfbff
mov control_word2, dx
fldcw control_word2 // load modfied control word
}
}
// set rounding mode to truncate
inline void set_truncate() {
__asm {
fstcw control_word // store fpu control word
mov dx, word ptr [control_word]
or dx,0x0c00 // rounding: truncate
mov control_word2, dx
fldcw control_word2 // load modfied control word
}
}
// restore original rounding mode
inline void restore_cw() {
__asm fldcw control_word
}
// truncate to integer using SSE
inline long truncateSSE(float x) {
__asm cvttss2si eax,x
}
#endif

Comments
Added on : 29/12/07 by jrocnuck[ AT ]hotmail[ DOT ]com Comment : I've seen a lot of talk about using the function lrintf() when converting from float to int, regarding bypassing some 'slow' opcodes in what standard compilers put in for something like:
int myint = (int) myfloat;
in otherwords the following code would be faster:
int myint = lrintf(myfloat);
this lrintf function is available on GNU C/C++

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