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What is the SSE2 instruction set? How can I check to see if my processor supports it?

Asked by MathWorks Support Team on 17 Apr 2012

I would like to know if my processor supports the SSE2 instruction set.

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Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 17 Apr 2012
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SSE2 was introduced into Intel chips with the Pentium 4 in 2001 and AMD processors in 2003. Most computers produced in the last several years are equipped with SSE2. If you are unsure about your particular computer, you can determine SSE2 support by:

Windows: A free download, CPU-Z, is available from CPUID that will indicate if SSE2 is present on your system or not.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

OS X: All Intel Macs are equipped with SSE2

Linux: From a terminal, run “cat /proc/cpuinfo”. “sse2” will be listed as one of the “flags” if SSE2 is available.

You can find more information about supported processors on our system requirements page:

http://www.mathworks.com/support/sysreq/current_release/

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