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    SubjectRe: [Lse-tech] gcc 2.95 vs 3.21 performance
    On Mon, Feb 03, 2003 at 03:05:06PM -0800, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
    > People keep extolling the virtues of gcc 3.2 to me, which I'm
    > reluctant to switch to, since it compiles so much slower. But
    > it supposedly generates better code, so I thought I'd compile
    > the kernel with both and compare the results. This is gcc 2.95
    > and 3.2.1 from debian unstable on a 16-way NUMA-Q. The kernbench
    > tests still use 2.95 for the compile-time stuff.
    > The results below leaves me distinctly unconvinced by the supposed
    > merits of modern gcc's. Not really better or worse, within experimental
    > error. But much slower to compile things with.

    What kernel was kernbench compiling ? The reason I'm asking is that
    2.5s (and more recent 2.4.21pre's) will use -march flags for more
    aggressive optimisation on newer gcc's.
    If you want to compare apples to apples, make sure you choose
    something like i386 in the processor menu, and then it'll always
    use -march=i386 instead of getting fancy with things like -march=pentium4


    | Dave Jones.
    | SuSE Labs
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