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Date:	Tue, 13 Nov 2007 07:04:22 +0100
From:	Adrian Bunk <bunk@...nel.org>
To:	Bernd Schmidt <bernds_cb1@...nline.de>
Cc:	Sam Ravnborg <sam@...nborg.org>, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC: 2.6 patch] add -fno-tree-scev-cprop to KBUILD_CFLAGS

On Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 11:07:55PM +0100, Bernd Schmidt wrote:
> Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > It can be a performance regression, but there are also cases where it 
> > can improve performance. If gcc produces lower performance code that
> > would be a bug in gcc that should be reported, but using a division is 
> > not generally wrong.
> > 
> > A more clearer example might be:
> > 
> > <--  snip  -->
> > 
> > void foo(u64 ns)
> > {
> > 	if (ns < 10000)
> > 		return;
> > 
> > 	while(ns >= 3) {
> > 		ns -= 3;
> > #ifdef DEBUG
> > 		bar(ns);
> > #endif
> > 	}
> > }
> > 
> > <--  snip  -->
> > 
> > With DEBUG not defined you can hardly argue gcc should be fixed to not 
> > use a division for performance reasons.
> 
> Absent any clear information about the possible values of ns,
>...

In this example, there is clear information about the possible values
of ns...

> Bernd

cu
Adrian

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