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SubjectRe: gcc 2.95 vs 3.21 performance

On Tue, 2003-02-04 at 12:45, Herman Oosthuysen wrote:
> Hi there,
> From my experience, the speed issue is caused by misalligned memory
> accesses, causing inefficient SDRAM to Cache movement of data and
> instructions.
> I don't think that you necessarily need a modification to the compiler.
> What you can do is carefully place the ALLIGN switch in a few critical
> places in the kernel code, to ensure that the code and data will be
> properly alligned for whatever processor it is compiled for, be that a
> Pentium, an ARM, a MIPS or whatever.

I guess I would like the compiler to do that without having to go
in and futz the code.

> It would be nice if GCC can be suitably improved to do this correcly for
> all architectures, but a little bit of human help can do wonders,
> without having to fork the GCC project.
> Cheers,
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