[fpc-devel] More peephole

Florian Klaempfl florian at freepascal.org
Thu Jan 23 21:34:10 CET 2014

Am 23.01.2014 21:15, schrieb Martin Frb:
> On 23/01/2014 20:04, Florian Klämpfl wrote:
>> Am 23.01.2014 20:52, schrieb Martin Frb:
>>> On 23/01/2014 19:35, Florian Klämpfl wrote:
>>>> I think this is hard to achive as well.
>>> Why?
>> I consider it as complicated and it covers only cases one can forsee.
>> Some statistical analysis of benchmark timings and procedure sizes is
>> imo much more general.
> Ok, so we were talking about 2 different targets.
> You were talking (if I understand correct) about a general test for any
> and all forms of regressions (with regards to speed or size / not with
> regards to function) in code generation.


> This is indeed hard to test.
> Size may be do able by comparing to a known size that was once archived
> / size may increase or decrease, but then tests need to be fixed
> (decrease must be fixed, so that increase from the new optimum will then
> be detected.)
> Speed is indeed very hard. Since even a benchmark may vary.

Yes, but having n=5 and doing daily benchmarking should one enable to 
identify trends.

> I was talking about checking for specific/known code snippets that are
> known to be inefficient (so anything that the peephole generator
> can/could detect). This is only a small subset of the possible
> speed/size regressions, but it is at least something.

Yes and no. It is extra code and extra code is always bad ;) and it 
requires a separate compiler run. I wouldn't waste effort in it.

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