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Determine whether the current function or variable uses column-major layout



coder.isColumnMajor resolves as true in the generated code if the current function uses column-major array layout. Use the function as the expression in control flow (if, else, switch) statements.


coder.isColumnMajor(arg) resolves as true if the current variable uses column-major array layout.


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To query the array layout of a function at compile time, use coder.isColumnMajor or coder.isRowMajor. This query can be useful for specializing your generated code when it involves row-major and column-major functions. For example, consider this function:

function S = addMatrixRouted(A,B)
 if coder.isRowMajor
     %execute this code if row major
     S = addMatrix_OptimizedForRowMajor(A,B); 
 elseif coder.isColumnMajor
     %execute this code if column major
     S = addMatrix_OptimizedForColumnMajor(A,B);

The function addMatrixRouted behaves differently depending on whether it uses row-major layout or column-major layout. The layout that the function uses, for example, can depend on whether it is called from a function that contains coder.rowMajor or coder.columnMajor. When addMatrixRouted uses row-major layout, it calls the addMatrix_OptimizedForRowMajor function, which has efficient memory access for row-major data. When the function uses column-major layout, it calls a version of the addMatrix function optimized for column-major data.

By using the query functions, the generated code for addMatrixRouted provides efficient memory access for either choice of array layout.

Consider the function bar:

function bar
x = magic(3);
if coder.isColumnMajor(x)
    fprintf('This will always be displayed in generated code.\n');
    fprintf('This will never be displayed in generated code.\n');

Generate code:

codegen bar

To run the MEX function, enter:


Input Arguments

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Variable to query for array layout.

Example: coder.isColumnMajor(x);


  • You cannot query the array layout of a structure field or property.


  • The code generator uses column-major layout by default.

  • Outside of code generation and simulation, coder.isColumnMajor is always true.

  • If coder.isColumnMajor always resolves to true for your code, other branches in the if statement are ignored by the code generator. Otherwise, one instance of the current function is created for each array layout.

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.

GPU Code Generation
Generate CUDA® code for NVIDIA® GPUs using GPU Coder™.

Version History

Introduced in R2018a