Intel Rocket Lake Target Added To GCC 11

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 12 April 2021 at 05:44 AM EDT. 2 Comments
While Intel is often very proactive in adding new CPU families to the open-source GCC and LLVM/Clang compilers where it tends to land a year or more in advance of the processors actually shipping, occasionally there are slipups. Today in fact the "Rocket Lake" support finally was merged into GCC 11 days ahead of that compiler release and after the CPUs were already launched at the end of March.

This morning the Rocket Lake support was merged so users/developers can enjoy the likes of -march=rocketlake beginning with GCC 11 and possibly back-ported to a future GCC 10.x point release.

Though this isn't entirely new, the Rocket Lake target is basically the existing "icelake-client" target but with Software Guard Extensions (SGX) removed.

See our Intel Core i5 11600K + Core i9 11900K Linux benchmarks for more information and performance metrics on Rocket Lake.

The GCC 11.1 stable compiler release is expected in the next few weeks.
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