Upgrading gcc arch ?

John Paul Adrian Glaubitz glaubitz at physik.fu-berlin.de
Fri Oct 20 08:25:54 UTC 2017

On 10/20/2017 10:19 AM, Laurent Bourgès wrote:
> I wonder if it is time to compile c/c++ code with a more recent cpu
> architecture (x86-64 is quite old: only SSE ?) to take benefit of
> performance optimizations offered by recent CPU and compilers (AVX...).

Only if it's possible to make use of these features during runtime as
it's being done on SPARC.

> Of course that means such builds would be specific to a CPU class and that
> will require build changes to make multiple flavors depending on the CPU
> classes ...

No, if this a compile time option, this is an absolute no go. It would
be absolutely crazy to break compatibility with such widely available
hardware with a piece of software which has one of the largest installation
bases world wide.


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