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From: Eray Ozkural <examachine@g...>
Subject: min function, why is it so slow?
Hello there,

Although I turn on inlining in ocamlopt (-inline 10), I think that the
min function is not quite inlined. Indeed, it's faster if I just
inline it myself (if a<b a then a else b). It's almost twice as fast
this way. Which makes me thinking. I suppose a procedure call cost is
incurred. This doesn't change when I define min for two parameters
myself in another module. What do you think I am doing wrong?


In  the following, the first loop is (more than) twice as slow, where
min is defined as

let min a b = if a <= b then a else b


                      for i=1 to  10000000 do
                        x1 := !x1 + (Util.min a1.(i-1) a1.(i));
                      done

                      for i=1 to  10000000 do
                        x1 := !x1 + (if a1.(i-1) <= a1.(i) then a1.(i-1)
                                      else a1.(i))

Time elapsed: 0.189798 (first loop)
Time elapsed: 0.079624 (second loop)

Can someone please explain to me what's going on here? Perhaps there
is inlining, but after inlining, some optimization passes aren't
performed?

Best,

-- 
Eray Ozkural, PhD candidate.  Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent University, Ankara
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