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Re: Future possible stack based optimization

Il giorno mer, 25/01/2006 alle 22.29 +0100, Marcel Cox ha scritto:
> >   I saw that stack instructions on Intel platform are not used that
> > much. I think this is a pity cause stack operations are small (size
> > optimization) and usually fast (from Pentium two consecutive push/pop
> > are executed together -> speed optimization). Consider this small
> > piece of code
> whether push(pop instructions or mov instructions are faster depends on
> the type of processor used. GCC is well aware of this. If you specify
> the desired processor with -mtune then GCC will use whatever is best
> for that processor. For example if you optimize for old Pentium
> processors, use -mtune=pentium and you will see that the compiler uses
> push/pop instructions even when not using -Os

  I tried many options with some gcc versions but I can confirm that gcc
do not use push in the way I suggest. Perhaps a smaller code will help

extern int foo1(int *a);

void foo2()
	int x = 2;

should become something like

# here is the optimization I suggested, 
# allocation and set with a single instruction
	pushl	$2
# I don't understand why gcc compile 
# movl %esp, %eax  pushl %eax   here
	pushl	%esp
	call	foo1
# this can be subl $4, %esp or similar depending on 
# options you suggested
	popl	%ecx

Is anybody working in this direction ??


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