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SubjectRe: gcc 2.95 vs 3.21 performance
On Mon, 3 Feb 2003, 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.
[SNIPPED tests...]

Don't let this get out, but egcs-2.91.66 compiled FFT code
works about 50 percent of the speed of whatever M$ uses for
Visual C++ Version 6.0 I was awfully disheartened when I
found that identical code executed twice as fast on M$ than
it does on Linux. I tried to isolate what was causing the
difference. So I replaced 'hypot()' with some 'C' code that
does sqrt(x^2 + y^2) just to see if it was the 'C' library.
It didn't help. When I find out what type (section) of code
is running slower, I'll report. In the meantime, it's fast
enough, but I don't like being beat by M$.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.18 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
Why is the government concerned about the lunatic fringe? Think about it.

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