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Why is it so hard to create a 64-bit ve…

Why is it so hard to create a 64-bit version of an application?

10 Fév 2011

Unfortunately, despite the seeming simplicity, it is often not enough just to rebuild a 32-bit program for a 64-bit platform and fix compiler errors to provide assured operability of the application being ported. The main issue of migrating to 64 bits is the presence of hidden 64-bit errors, i.e. cases when a code fragment that worked correctly in the 32-bit version causes errors in the 64-bit version.

Most often 64-bit errors occur in the following code fragments:

  • code based on incorrect assumptions about types' sizes (for instance, on the assumption that the pointer's size is always 4 bytes);
  • code processing large arrays whose sizes exceed 2 Gbytes in 64-bit systems;
  • code writing and reading data;
  • code containing bit operations;
  • code with complex address arithmetic;
  • obsolete code;

You may read a detailed description of each error type in the article A Collection of Examples of 64-bit Errors in Real Programs. Although all the errors in code that reveal themselves while compiling the program for 64-bit systems are related to inaccurate compliance with C/C++ standards, no real project is secure from them.

Another issue of moving to a 64-bit platform is dependence of your application on the libraries that do not have 64-bit versions since combined use of a 64-bit program and a 32-bit library is impossible in Windows systems.

A detailed description of the migration process and estimate of time and cost of porting an application to a 64-bit platform are given in this article.


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