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    SubjectRe: i686 quirk for AMD Geode
    On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 9:16 PM, Lennart Sorensen
    <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
    > On Sun, Nov 08, 2009 at 07:42:48PM +0100, Matteo Croce wrote:
    >> There is a small advantage, but considering that GCC isn't much geode aware yet
    >> there is stil room for improvement IMHO:
    >
    > Perhaps gcc considers geode to mean geode GX[m12] not geode LX (which is
    > newer and the one in question here).
    >
    > The Geode GX line prefers i486 code to i586 code (which appears to be
    > what -march=geode is for).  I am using i486 at the moment when I build
    > for this one.
    >
    > The Geode LX is what is being discussed which is in fact mostly a K6 as
    > far as I understand things.  It seems to like i686 code, other than
    > apparently those NOP instructions.  I wonder if the K6 has those noop
    > instructions and if not, perhaps gcc 4.4's -march=k6-3 would be the
    > right choice.  I have always suspected the LX was really a K6-3 based
    > design (the cache sizes are a bit different, but clock speeds and
    > instruction sets seem to match).
    >
    > The Geode NX (which no one has mentioned yet) is an Athlon derived chip.
    >
    >> root@alix:/usr/src/dist# ll
    >> totale 257M
    >> -rwxr-xr-x 1 1000 src  93K  8 nov  2009 bzip2-i586
    >> -rwxr-xr-x 1 1000 src  93K  8 nov  2009 bzip2-i686
    >> -rwxr-xr-x 1 1000 src  60K  8 nov  2009 gzip-i586
    >> -rwxr-xr-x 1 1000 src  60K  8 nov  2009 gzip-i686
    >> -rw-r--r-- 1 1000 src 256M  8 nov  2009 linux-2.6.31.5.tar
    >> -rwxr-xr-x 1 1000 src  90K  8 nov  2009 lzma-i586
    >> -rwxr-xr-x 1 1000 src  94K  8 nov  2009 lzma-i686
    >> root@alix:/usr/src/dist# time cat linux-2.6.31.5.tar >/dev/null
    >>
    >> real    0m10.168s
    >> user    0m0.030s
    >> sys     0m1.390s
    >> root@alix:/usr/src/dist# time ./gzip-i586 -9 < linux-2.6.31.5.tar >/dev/null
    >>
    >> real    5m22.331s
    >> user    5m10.820s
    >> sys     0m11.170s
    >> root@alix:/usr/src/dist# time ./gzip-i686 -9 < linux-2.6.31.5.tar >/dev/null
    >>
    >> real    5m3.737s
    >> user    4m51.880s
    >> sys     0m11.510s
    >> root@alix:/usr/src/dist# time ./bzip2-i586 -9 < linux-2.6.31.5.tar >/dev/null
    >>
    >> real    9m16.539s
    >> user    9m4.410s
    >> sys     0m11.760s
    >> root@alix:/usr/src/dist# time ./bzip2-i686 -9 < linux-2.6.31.5.tar >/dev/null
    >>
    >> real    8m48.682s
    >> user    8m34.950s
    >> sys     0m13.260s
    >
    > --
    > Len Sorensen
    >

    You're right, indeed this is being discussed here:
    http://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=41989
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