performance - GCC C vector extension: How to check if result of ANY element-wise comparison is true, and which?

I am new to GCC's C vector extensions. According to the manual, the result of comparing one vector to another in the form (test = vec1 > vec2;) is that "test" contains a 0 in each element that is false and a -1 in each element that is true.

But how to very quickly check if ANY of the element comparisons was true? And, further, how to tell which is the first element for which the comparison was true?

For example, with:

``vec1 = {1,1,3,1};vec2 = {1,2,2,2};test = vec1 > vec2;``

I want to determine if "test" contains any truth (non-zero elements). In this case I want "test" to reduce to true, because there exists an element for which vec1 is greater than vec2 and hence an element in test containing -1.

Additionally, or alternatively, I want to quickly discover WHICH element fails the test. In this case, this would simply be the number 2. Said another way, I want to test which is the first non-zero element.

``int hasAnyTruth = ...; // should be non-zero. "bool" works too since C99int whichTrue = ...; // should contain 2, because test[2] == -1``

I imagine we could use a simd reduction-addition command (?) to sum everything in the vector into a number and compare that sum to 0, but I don't know how (or if there is a faster way). I am guessing some form of argmax is necessary for the second question, but again, I don't know how to instruct GCC to use it on the vectors.

From Mystical:

`_mm_movemask_epi8()`

It's more portable than GCC vector extensions. It's standardized by Intel, so it will work in every major compiler: GCC, Clang, MSVC, ICC, etc...

http://software.intel.com/sites/landingpage/IntrinsicsGuide

For doing this we can use intrinsic functions,by using intrinsic functions we can achieve more speed in execution of code. Please refer below link