[LLVMdev] Function code size estimation

Gregory Petrosyan gregory.petrosyan at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 06:59:34 PDT 2010

On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 3:47 PM, Eli Friedman <eli.friedman at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 2:46 AM, Gregory Petrosyan
> <gregory.petrosyan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am working on a pass that finds identical basic blocks and abstracts
>> them into functions, in order to reduce code size.
>> To decide, whether particular basic block group is worth factoring
>> out, I want to estimate code size of some function that uses one of
>> basic blocks in question 'as is', and after factoring the basic block
>> into a new function.
>> Can you please suggest a proper way to do this?
> You could just count the number of Instructions as an extremely rough
> estimate.  llvm/Analysis/InlineCost.h has the functions used by the
> inliner and other similar transforms to estimate the cost of a basic
> block or function, which are somewhat more accurate.

Thanks Eli,

The thing that worries me in this approach is that it is really rough,
and to make it work I need to introduce and tune some target-specific
coefficients. I thought that if there is a way to just generate real
code and measure it's size, it would be simpler as well as more


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