Re: subtle side effect of commit a1c48bb160f836

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Thu Jun 18 2015 - 04:55:31 EST

Hi Vineet,

On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM, Vineet Gupta
<Vineet.Gupta1@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thursday 18 June 2015 01:43 PM, Michal Marek wrote:
>>> > Alternatively, as we already have CONFIG_CC_OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE,
>>> > a(nother) Kconfig option may make sense.
>> We can also introduce some ARCH_CFLAGS that is appended near the end of
>> the list, and have arc/Makefile add its -O3 there. But I'd like to why
>> the -O3 needs to be there in first place.
> This is how historically ARC kernels have been built. We do track performance
> results LMBench/hackbench... and going from -O3 to -O2 caused a sudden dip in some
> of the numbers when we measured 3.18 (vs. 3.13)
>> Obviously, the kernel works
>> with -O2, otherwise the regression would have been identified earlier.
> Its a performance thing - so yeah -O2 works, but -O3 works even better :-)

Did you see some numbers increase when going from -O3 to -O2?
IIRC, -O3 enables more aggressive inlining, which can cause more L1 cache

It might be worth trying CONFIG_CC_OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE=y...



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