_BitScanReverse, _BitScanReverse64

Microsoft Specific

Search the mask data from most significant bit (MSB) to least significant bit (LSB) for a set bit (1).

Syntax

unsigned char _BitScanReverse(
   unsigned long * Index,
   unsigned long Mask
);
unsigned char _BitScanReverse64(
   unsigned long * Index,
   unsigned __int64 Mask
);

Parameters

Index
[out] Loaded with the bit position of the first set bit (1) found.

Mask
[in] The 32-bit or 64-bit value to search.

Return Value

Nonzero if Index was set, or 0 if no set bits were found.

Requirements

Intrinsic Architecture Header
_BitScanReverse x86, ARM, x64 <intrin.h>
_BitScanReverse64 ARM, x64

Example

// BitScanReverse.cpp
// compile with: /EHsc
#include <iostream>
#include <intrin.h>
using namespace std;

#pragma intrinsic(_BitScanReverse)

int main()
{
   unsigned long mask = 0x1000;
   unsigned long index;
   unsigned char isNonzero;

   cout << "Enter a positive integer as the mask: " << flush;
   cin >> mask;
   isNonzero = _BitScanReverse(&index, mask);
   if (isNonzero)
   {
      cout << "Mask: " << mask << " Index: " << index << endl;
   }
   else
   {
      cout << "No set bits found.  Mask is zero." << endl;
   }
}

Input

12

Sample Output

Enter a positive integer as the mask:
Mask: 12 Index: 3

END Microsoft Specific

See also

Compiler Intrinsics