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GCC Core-AVX2 "Haswell" CPU Optimization Tests

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Published on 01 September 2013 11:05 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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Our latest tests from an Intel Core i7 4900MQ "Haswell" laptop are looking at the impact of applying CPU compiler optimizations for this high-end "core-avx2" processor when using a recent GCC 4.9 development snapshot.

Months ago when Haswell was brand new I had already run some compiler optimization benchmarks looking to see the impact of the new CPU instruction set extensions added by Haswell provided. The results weren't too dramatic over the Ivy Bridge optimization level (core-avx-i), but this weekend I have some fresh results using a GCC 4.9 compiler development snapshot.

The -march= levels tested today on GCC 4.9 included nocona, core2, corei7, corei7-avx, core-avx-i, and core-avx2. For those unfamiliar with these compiler optimizations/tuning, refer to the online GCC documentation.

Overall there weren't any huge surprises, but the compiler benchmark results in full are available via clicking 1308319-SO-GCC49SNAP71. Embedded below are just a few of the more interesting results.


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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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