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Re: Enabling gcc optimization pass

On 7/26/07, Basile STARYNKEVITCH <> wrote:
Rohit Arul Raj wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have 3 functions- fun1, fun2, fun3 in the same source file and i
> want to enable one or any of the gcc optimization pass to code in fun2
> only,
> 1. Is it possible to implement this using function attributes or #pragms's?

I believe that currently, tuning optimisation levels at a function granularity (or perhaps even smaller, like blocks) is impossible in current GCC. I heard at the GCC summit (18th july 2007 at Ottawa) that it would be a desirable feature, but I am not sure that someone is actively working on it.

So currently, the answer seems to be no.

As of now,
a) I have added target dependent function attributes for all
optimization levels in the backend.
b) In function execute_pass_list() i am having a condition check for
those function attributes,      if a valid optimization level is given
as a function attribute, the global variable optimize and
optimize_size are overridden for the current function. For other
functions, the global variables are restored to their initial values.

For a simple case- fun1, fun2, fun3, i gave function attribute O1 to
fun2, while the other 2 functions optimization was not enabled. The
only difference i found was that IPA passes were not run, other than
that the code was optimized for fun2.
I am yet to check how it affects other cases.

Is there any other better way of implementing this?

> 2. What will be its side-effects?

Apparently, one of the issues is that some optimising passes (or their combination) rely on some global variable, so it
is not a trivial job to tune optimisations at the function level.

But I may be wrong on both points.

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Regards, Rohit

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