[cfe-dev] Avoiding unnecessary calls to Decl::getASTContext

Bruno Ricci via cfe-dev cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org
Sun Dec 16 14:18:26 PST 2018


On 16/12/2018 16:48, David Blaikie wrote:
> Ah, I was hoping/looking for more of a timing/cpu-counter type profile, to demonstrate the overall impact (% runtime) of these changes, if possible?

The estimation I got is that about 1.5%-2% of the time spent doing an
fsyntax-only on all of Boost is spent obtaining the AST context.

This estimation was obtained by removing a fraction of the iterations in
Decl::getTranslationUnitDecl and extrapolating from this. The timings were
obtained by doing 20 iterations of fsyntax-only with perf stat both before
and after the changes.

This should probably be taken with a grain of salt since this is likely
dependent on the hardware and cpu usage, and since it is in general not
easy to reliably measure small timing differences.

Bruno

> 
> On Sat, Dec 15, 2018 at 9:57 AM Bruno Ricci <riccibrun at gmail.com <mailto:riccibrun at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 
>     I have added the profile data to the first patch (https://reviews.llvm.org/D55658)
> 
>     The top 20 callers of getASTContext and getParentASTContext are:
>     (with the number of calls to getTranslationUnitDecl, edited for readability)
> 
>     5399586 : DeclContext::lookup
>     801684 : VarDecl::getMemberSpecializationInfo
>     551928 : FunctionDecl::getMinRequiredArguments
>     401464 : CXXRecordDecl::lookupInBases
>     338614 : Decl::getAttrs
>     311651 : DeclContext::makeDeclVisibleInContextImpl
>     173684 : Decl::getASTMutationListener
>     164264 : CXXConstructorDecl::isSpecializationCopyingObject
>     154066 : CXXMethodDecl::size_overridden_methods
>     141622 : CXXRecordDecl::getVisibleConversionFunctions
>     120440 : ClassTemplateSpecializationDecl::Profile
>     116303 : VarDecl::isThisDeclarationADefinition
>     106208 : CXXRecordDecl::conversion_begin
>     106208 : CXXRecordDecl::conversion_end
>     99075 : FunctionDecl::setParams
>     95910 : RedeclarableTemplateDecl::findSpecializationImpl
>     57043 : CXXRecordDecl::getDestructor
>     56668 : VarDecl::getDefinition
>     52140 : TagDecl::startDefinition
>     48266 : CXXConstructorDecl::isCopyOrMoveConstructor
>     37407 : FunctionDecl::getBody
> 
>     Bruno
> 
>     On 15/12/2018 16:38, David Blaikie wrote:
>     > Seems reasonable and some profile data would help motivate/support/justify which bits are worth changing and which aren't
>     >
>     > On Sat, Dec 15, 2018, 8:27 AM Bruno Ricci via cfe-dev <cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org <mailto:cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org> <mailto:cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org <mailto:cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org>> wrote:
>     >
>     >     Hi all,
>     >
>     >     I have been looking at Decl::getASTContext and DeclContext::getParentASTContext,
>     >     and it turns out that they are not that cheap.
>     >
>     >     The reason for this is that they must walk back to the translation unit declaration
>     >     along what is essentially a linked list. This is amplified by the fact that it does
>     >     look like a simple getter and therefore is called extremely often (the most egregious
>     >     case by far being DeclContext::lookup), even when most of the times the context is
>     >     already easily available.
>     >
>     >     To put some numbers on this I experimented with removing about half of the iterations
>     >     in Decl::getTranslationUnitDecl. This gives a speed up of about 1% when parsing all
>     >     of Boost. Extrapolating from this I get that about 1.5%-2% of the time spent
>     >     parsing Boost is spent getting the ASTContext, which seems a bit unfortunate.
>     >
>     >     Now to be clear 1.5%-2% is not that much, but the fix is simply to pass a ref to
>     >     the ASTContext more often as a function parameter. The downside is that this would
>     >     cause a some amount of churn in the C++ api. To be clear I am *not* suggesting
>     >     removing all of the calls to Decl::getASTContext, but only removing the ones causing
>     >     the most iterations in Decl::getTranslationUnitDecl (say the top 10 or 20).
>     >
>     >     What do you think ?
>     >
>     >     Bruno
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