LLVM Clang 12 Benchmarks At Varying Optimization Levels, LTO
Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 25 June 2021. Page 2 of 3. 18 Comments

As we are used to seeing, hitting at least the -O2 optimization level allows for a bulk of the compiler performance optimizations. But in cases like Crypto++, making use of "-march=native" is of measurable benefit. The link-time optimizations here were also of some minor help.

The Botan crypto benchmarks meanwhile failed to build with the Clang LTO option but was enjoying nice benefits from "-march=native" targeting.

MrBayes and HMMer are two of the tests having a measurable boost with -Ofast compared to -O3, but with the caveat that using -Ofast can lead to potentially unsafe math.

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