Re: [PATCH] lib/int_sqrt.c: Optimize square root function

From: Anshul Garg
Date: Sun Feb 08 2015 - 10:39:33 EST

Dear Mr. linus,

Thanks for quick replies.

Yes performance numbers are not conclusive enough.
So its better to discard this patch as of now.

I will try to explore more in this area.

Thanks & regards
Anshul Garg

On Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 1:07 AM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Anshul Garg <aksgarg1989@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> NOTE ::
>> I have not used gcc optimizations while compilation.
>> With O2 level optimization proposed solution is taking more time.
> The thing is, the kernel is compiled with -O2, so that's what matters.
> Also, for very tight loops like this, the major costs tend to be very
> subtle microarchitectural details, particularly branch prediction.
> Which in turn end up sometimes depending on just exactly where the
> branches were placed, and even whether two conditional branches were
> in the same 8-byte aligned region etc things (because the branch
> prediction might be done ignoring the low bits of the EIP etc). So not
> only does the exact microarchitecture matter, things that don't *seem*
> like they should matter can change behavior a lot.
> My point is really that the performance numbers are very ambiguous.
> The patch may well help in some situations, but hurt in others.
> Linus
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