On Monday, 27 June 2016 at 20:43:40 UTC, Ola Fosheim Grøstad wrote:
Just keep in mind that the major bottleneck now is loading 64 bytes from memory into cache. So if you test performance you have to make sure to invalidate the caches before you test and test with spurious reads over a very large memory area to get realistic results.

But essentially, the operation is not heavy, so to speed it up you need to predict and prefetch from memory in time, meaning no library solution is sufficient. (you need to prefetch memory way before your library function is called)


I doubt the external memory accesses are involved in these measurements. I'm using a 100KB char array terminated by four zeros, and doing strlen on substring pointers into it incremented by 1 for 100K times. The middle of the three timings is for strlen2, while the two outer timings are for strlen during the same program execution.

I'm initializing the 100KB immediately prior to the measurement. The 100KB array should all be in L1 or L2 cache by the time I make even the first of the three time measurements.

The prefetch shouldn't have a problem predicting this.

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