Strange branching performance

Martin Grajcar maaartinus at
Tue Feb 18 18:45:50 PST 2014

Hi Vladimir,

I think this could work:

An idea: What about considering all branches dependent on array loads as
> rather unpredictable and lower the BlockLayoutByFrequency for them? It's
> just a guess but it would allow for both benchmarks to be fast and it will
> be right more often than not.

Finding out what the condition depends on should be easy. Data loaded from
arrays are probably the least predictable and the loop index is probably
the most harmless.

The branching cost is the product of the branching probability and the
"unpredictability", so it makes sense to me.

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