[LLVMdev] llvm useability?
sabre at nondot.org
Tue Jan 22 13:55:09 PST 2008
On Tue, 22 Jan 2008, Christophe Avoinne wrote:
> What about ARM target ? I mean iPhone/iPod Touch has an ARM11 with a FPE
> and a VFPE. Does llvm-gcc 2.2 generates better code for them ?
I don't know, I haven't tried. Again, you should try your own code if you
care about performance.
> I'm a bit disappointed about the llvm-gcc 2.0 I tried for my iPod Touch
> as I saw it generated ARM code not very optimically : r7(apparently used
> like a frame pointer even when -fomit-frame-pointer is given) largely
> overused, generated code like "mov rx, imm8;orr rx, rx, imm8';add rx,
> rx, ry" instead of "add rx, ry, imm8;add rx, rx, imm8'", etc.
llvm-gcc 2.0 has little to do with it, because it is just a front-end.
You're asking about the status of the arm backend, which is tied to an
llvm release. Code generated by llvm mainline is generally better than
code generated by older releases.
> I'm also wondering if the official SDK expected for February offers a
> llvm-gcc as a c/c++ compiler. Which version ?
You'd have to ask apple marketing about that. This is an open source
> On 21/01/2008 22:55:30, Chris Lattner (sabre at nondot.org) wrote:
> > On Jan 21, 2008, at 4:09 AM, Neal Becker wrote:
> > > Has llvm reached the point that it is useable as a mainstream c++
> > > compiler?
> > Yes. LLVM 2.2 will be out in a few weeks, it will be the best release
> > yet. Many people use llvm to build large C++ code bases.
> > > Are there benchmarks available comparing generated code to gcc4? My
> > > primary interest is scientific-type computing.
> > There are lots of benchmarks (see the nightly tester for example), but
> > it always makes sense to pick your own benchmark and do an evaluation
> > yourself. If you know of any important and self-contained benchmarks
> > that can be added to our performance testsuite, please let us know.
> > The most important thing to know for numeric performance is that LLVM
> > currently generates very poor code when targeting machines that do not
> > have SSE2 or later. When building llvm-gcc, make sure to configure it
> > for a CPU that has SSE2 or later to get good performance.
> > -Chris
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