On Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 17:45:50 UTC, John Joyus wrote:
On 10/22/2013 06:42 PM, David Nadlinger wrote:
LDC 0.12.0, the LLVM-based D compiler, is available for
I am a D enthusiast who reads more *about* D than actually
learning the language! ;)
I have a question about LLVM.
When it comes to performance, do all LLVM-based languages
eventually match each other in speed for any given task, no
matter it is Clang or D?
I guess having or not having a GC (or different implementations
of it in different languages) will make a difference, but if we
exclude GC, will they be generating the same exact code for any
It depends. If 2 language frontends generate the same IR then
LLVM generates the same exact code. But in general you have
different languages features therefore the IR differs, too. (C++
classes are not available in C, C++ multiple inheritance in not
available in D, D slices are not available in C++, ...)
If the generated IR is too "stupid" then even the LLVM optimizer
can't help (e.g. look at the now solved issue #119
And a functional language like Haskell is likely to generate
totally different IR.
In other words, though two different languages are based on
LLVM, can one of its binary exceed the other in speed?