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From: Andreas Huber (ahd6974-spamgroupstrap_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-06-05 16:42:17
> Here is the strange part: When using the Intel compiler, and run with
> the text and xml archive headers commented out, the load method takes
> about 9.6 seconds. When I uncomment the text and xml headers, the
> load time almost doubles, to 18.8 seconds or so. I do not see
> this with gcc.
FWIW, I've had a similar problem with Intel 9.0 on Windows. For a
Boost.Statechart performance test where I can vary the number of states
in powers of 2 I saw two effects:
1. Size-wise, Intel 9.0 executables were in about the same league as
MSVC & GCC executables, as long as the number of states was below 8.
With mounting complexity however, Intel 9.0 produced much larger
binaries than the competition.
2. Performance-wise, the Intel 9.0 executables were top for small
executables but quickly got begind both MSVC and GCC for larger
binaries. What I found extremely strange was fact that the performance
degradation seemed to depend only on the size of the executable and not
on how much of the code is actually executed during a test.
Specifically, a state machine executes considerably faster when compiled
into a separate executable than exactly the same state machine when
compiled into an executable that also contains other state machines!!!
I partly "solved" the problem by compiling the Intel performance tests
into as many executables as possible. Since Intel is not a platform I
use for real work, I've never reported this problem. BTW, the offending
code is publicly available. If you want to use it to report the problem,
let me know and I'll send you some pointers.
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