GMPBench for Sun Fire T2000

Torbjorn Granlund tege at
Sat Apr 29 00:45:27 CEST 2006

Greg Childers <jgchilders at> writes:

  At 03:19 AM 4/28/2006, Torbjorn Granlund wrote:
  >But these results look just like the results you had without
  >any assembly code.  I am more intersted in reslts with assembly
  But the original cross-compile I used with the stock gmp-4.2 source 
  did use the sparc64 assembly code as listed in the message
  So those numbers are _using_ the assembly code.
Oh, sorry.

Now I get it, the sparc64 assembly code uses floating-point arithmetic
for the very basic multiply operations, mpn_mul_1, mpn_addmul_1, and
mpn_submul_1.  This is done as a workaround for sparcv9's unique lack
of proper integer multiply support.

But floating-point isn't exactly the T1's strongest side.

  GMPbench result: 334.35
Even without that assembly, GMPbench scores are pretty awful, and I
don't think we're going to be able to beat that by much with some T1
friendly assembly.

Clearly we should disable the current assembly for ultraspact1-*-*.
  With 32 virtual processors, perhaps this processor does have
  potential as a computing engine with the proper assembly!

On the GMPbench results page, we say:

UltraSPARC 3's terrible scores are a result of its uniquely poor
integer multiply support (unsuitable architectural support +
simplistic integer multiply implementation).

The same is very true for ultraspact1.

If somebody feels like proving me wrong, write a fast 64x64->128 bit
multiply routine.  On Athlon64 there is an instruction for that, and
for GMP's needs it runs in 3 cycles.  All non-sparc machines have such
instructions, with performance varying from 2 cycles to about 10

I doubt it will be possible to synthesise that operation in much less
than 40 cycles on the T1.


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