On Sun 28 Jul 2002 06:29, ilug-admin at linux.ie wrote:
> Message: 3
> From: "John Moran" <arronax at eircom.net>
> To: "ILUG" <ilug at linux.ie>
> Subject: RE: [ILUG] Optimizing for Pentium Pt.2
> Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 17:10:39 +0100
>> gcc, glibc and binutils, which the lfs site says not to optimise,
> already determines what system you're compiling on, and optimises itself
> to that. That's my understanding of how it works anyway.
>> Subject: Re: [ILUG] Optimizing for Pentium Pt.2
That was my understanding too, but I since fould out that for Linux:
Most programs and libraries by default are compiled with optimizing level 2
(gcc options -g and -O2) and are compiled for a specific CPU. On Intel
platforms software is compiled for i386 processors by default. If you don't
wish to run software on other machines other than your own, you might want to
change the default compiler options so that they will be compiled with a
higher optimization level, and generate code for your specific architecture.
export CFLAGS="-O3 -march=<architecture>" &&
This is a minimal set of optimizations that ensures it works on almost all
platforms. The option march will compile the binaries with specific
instructions for that CPU you have specified. This means you can't copy this
binary to a lower class CPU and execute it.
So these are the optimizations I need to worry about, and the optimizations
that lfs says to disable before compiling GCC or GlibC. However, GlibC seems
the most likely candidate for optimization since it provides the libs used by
even the most simple programs to access system calls in the kernel.
I'm still waiting for info from the GCC mailing list RE: optimising/patching
GCC for performance improvement. So far the only suggestion has been to try
using icc, Intels C compiler. It's known to work with the kernel, but user
apps, and I guess libs and such might need rewriting to compile, and I'm not
prepared to go to this length.
For QT and KDE it seems there are also gains to be made with object
pre-linking, but there are also risks with this so I'll just have to suck it
and see. Either way, I'm going to get started building the base today. I'm
still waiting for some DRI patches for my GVX1 card but it'll probably been
several days before I'm ready to build X anyway.
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