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Re: Compilation to native

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Compilation to native
Date: 22 Mar 2004 16:37:04 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

>> I don't think that a speedup of less than a factor of 2 would be worth
>> installing something that might take substantial maintenance effort.
> Hmm, I expected more speedup given that it compiles to machine code.

Maybe Richard is right, but I wouldn't be surprised if we can't go much
faster than that.  A lot of time is spent in C primitives including
binding variables and looking them up.  Also a lot of the time spent in
function call is cleverly spread and duplicated between the caller and the
callee which are at two different places, so there's a lot of opportunities
for optimization but it's very difficult to do it at all, let
alone do it automatically.

> Anyhow, while jit compilation of Emacs bytecode to native code would
> be a far-reaching goal, the most urgent issue is with CCL programs.
> Currently, CCL programs are unbearable slow.  For example, opening
> a 10MB UTF-8 file on a fast machine takes 5 min, while opening it
> without conversion is performed instantly.

And compiling CCL to native code is likely to bring much more impressive
speed ups because less time is spent in C primitives.


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