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Old 04-28-2004, 03:07 AM   #1
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gcc on Opteron: 64bit-mode slower than 32bit-mode!!!?

I recently tried a 'numerical hello world' on our new Opteron-system but got somewhat confused when it turned out that the 32-bit mode ran twice as fast as the 64-bit mode!

The test-code was essentially:
for (i=0; i<i_stop; i++) {
for (j=0; j<j_stop; j++)

compile 64-bit
g++ test.cpp -O2

compile 32-bit
g++ test.cpp -O2 -m32

It does not matter if I add more optimization switches, the 32-bit version still runs on half the time...

The system:
Dual Opteron 244, 8GB Ram
SuSE 9.0-64bit for AMD64, kernel 2.4.21-209-smp, gcc-3.3.1-23

Do anyone have a clue where the problem is?



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Old 05-20-2004, 09:00 AM   #2
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Hi duckie!
A pragmatic answer: use the -ffast-math compiler-option for better results.
Maybe the sin-function is not optimized by default for 64-bit.

Hope this helps some, bluie
Old 05-20-2004, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thank you,

now I got the exspected performance



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