On 2017-03-25 23:51:45 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> writes:
> > On March 25, 2017 4:56:11 PM PDT, Ants Aasma <ants.aa...@eesti.ee> wrote:
> >> I haven't had the time to research this properly, but initial tests
> >> show that with GCC 6.2 adding
> >> 
> >> #pragma GCC optimize ("no-crossjumping")
> >> 
> >> fixes merging of the op tail jumps.
> >> 
> >> Some quick and dirty benchmarking suggests that the benefit for the
> >> interpreter is about 15% (5% speedup on a workload that spends 1/3 in
> >> ExecInterpExpr). My idea of prefetching op->resnull/resvalue to local
> >> vars before the indirect jump is somewhere between a tiny benefit and
> >> no effect, certainly not worth introducing extra complexity. Clang 3.8
> >> does the correct thing out of the box and is a couple of percent
> >> faster than GCC with the pragma.
> > That's large enough to be worth doing (although I recall you seeing all 
> > jumps commonalized).  We should probably do this on a per function basis 
> > however (either using pragma push option, or function attributes).
> Seems like it would be fine to do it on a per-file basis.

I personally find per-function annotation ala
cleaner anyway.  I tested that, and it seems to work.

Obviously we'd have to hide that behind a configure test.  Could also do
tests based on __GNUC__ / __GNUC_MINOR__, but that seems uglier.

> If you're
> worried about pessimizing the out-of-line subroutines, we could move
> those to a different file --- it's pretty questionable that they're
> in execExprInterp.c in the first place, considering they're meant to be
> used by more than just that execution method.

I indeed am, but having the code in the same file has a minor advantage:
It allows the compiler to partially inline them, if it feels like it
(e.g. moving null checks inline).


Andres Freund

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