Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2012 02:53:48 +0400 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: john-dev@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Between 1.7.9-jumbo-3 and 1.7.9-jumbo-4 performance of --format=bf dropped by more than 20% On Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 12:04:15AM +0200, Frank Dittrich wrote: > ... and stayed at this level. This is bad news, but dealing with it might not be worth the effort and complexity. BF_X2 is currently compile-time only, and having it set to 1 (enabled) when compiling with gcc 4.2+ (there's a gcc version check in x86-sse.h and x86-mmx.h) is beneficial on most(?) systems (on all those I've tested; I don't have any Atom, though). I tested this on P3, P4, Core 2, Core i7 (first generation). P2 should be the same as P3. These old CPUs are sort of relevant since we're talking 32-bit builds only. (BF_X2 was always enabled in x86-64 builds since the time of BF_X2's introduction in 2008.) However, newer CPUs are also relevant e.g. because we only support 32-bit builds for Windows currently. For example, on P3 1.0 GHz, I got: asm code (BF_X2 = 0): 171 c/s gcc 4.0.0, BF_X2 = 1: 142 c/s gcc 4.1.0, BF_X2 = 1: 190 c/s gcc 4.2.0, BF_X2 = 1: 206 c/s Versions newer than 4.2.0 behaved similar to 4.2.0 in this respect. As you can see, even 4.1.0 provides some speedup, but it is less certain, and IIRC there was a slowdown on P4 with that version (the code did not fit in P4's trace cache, I think). (BTW, 4.1.0 and 4.2.0 specifically have a bug that resulted in them miscompiling BF_std.c's code at the time, but we include a workaround for that now - slightly re-ordered source code lines.) Changing BF_X2 from compile-time to runtime (and detecting Atom then) would be an invasive change that would significantly add to source code complexity. We could revert to BF_X2 = 0, but that would hurt most uses of 32-bit builds, most of which I guess are on non-Atom CPUs. As a workaround, -x86-any build should regain the old speed for you. Alexander
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