[cfe-commits] r58913 - in /cfe/trunk: Driver/PrintParserCallbacks.cpp include/clang/Basic/DiagnosticKinds.def include/clang/Parse/Action.h include/clang/Parse/DeclSpec.h include/clang/Parse/Parser.h lib/Parse/MinimalAction.cpp lib/Parse/ParseDecl

Daniel Dunbar daniel at zuster.org
Thu Dec 4 00:54:05 PST 2008

On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 2:42 PM, Argiris Kirtzidis <akyrtzi at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> Daniel Dunbar wrote:
>> >From a performance monitoring perspective, this commit would have been
>> easier to inspect if broken down further. No idea how easy that would
>> have been, just a comment.
> Sorry for the huge commit.
> It's really awesome that you track performance regressions! Are there still
> issues after your commit in r60063 ?

Roughly speaking, yes; we still have lost something on the order of
10% on Cocoa.h in the past 4-6 weeks. My patch turned out to be
misleading, the performance improvement I saw when I was timing
disappeared when I rolled my tree forward (the most notable commit
that came in in the meantime was 60057). Unfortunately, it appears to
be a general trait that clang's performance is very susceptible to
"innocuous" changes, most likely due to changes in caching or code

Here is a current snapshot of the data I have been collecting:
which shows just how much our performance fluctuates regularly. In
fact, if I sort the commits by how much they impact performance, a
surprising number of the most significant ones involves changes to
LLVM which should have no impact on clang other than to force code to
move. This has made it difficult to try and look for individual
commits which degraded performance.

One possible solution to this problem is to look at metrics other than
time, for example code size and simulated instructions counts, which
should be less influenced by non-local changes yet still roughly
correlate with performance over the long term. I have started
collecting data for this but haven't yet built any visualization of

Thanks for the other commits & tweaks!

 - Daniel

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