Re: optimizing OOPL's (Dirk Grunwald)
Sat, 7 Aug 1993 05:46:15 GMT

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From: (Dirk Grunwald)
Keywords: OOP, optimize
Organization: University of Colorado at Boulder
References: 93-08-036
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 1993 05:46:15 GMT

I just finished writing a short paper w/a longer version due shortly
on profile-based optimization for C++ programs. Our goal was to
accurately predict the destination of indirect function calls, mainly
to avoid misprediction penalties on speculative or heavily pipelined

It turns out that for the programs we examined, profile-based static
prediction was very successful (90% prediction rate), although
introduction of some dynamic methods improved this (albeit
w/additional hardware). Even on a machine like the Alpha, this should
show a 5-10% performance improvement for some programs, and probably
more if you than inlined the functions.

Note that this isn't based on type inference -- Barbera Ryder has
shown that type inference in C++ is NP hard in general -- moreover,
you need the entire set of classes to infer anything meaningful

Dirk Grunwald Asst. Prof, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder

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