zmerch-lfs at 30below.com
Mon Feb 12 09:36:35 PST 2007
Rumor has it that Randy McMurchy may have mentioned these words:
>Athena P wrote these words on 02/10/07 13:04 CST:
> > And, finally, in terms of pure performance (speed) is all this
> > optimization really worth the effort?
>IMHO, a definite no. Not only will you not see the performance
>gain in day-to-day use of the system, you'll end up having issues
>that you will have trouble diagnosing.
You've _obviously_ never run Linux (let alone built LFS) on a Crusoe-based
A highly optimized LFS is the *only* way I can play any type of video on my
933Mhz Crusoe (Fujitsu Lifebook P2120) - With every linux distro & Win2K &
XP I've tried, I get fudged audio and more dropped frames than you can
shake a stick at, at 100% CPU utilization. With a non-optimized LFS (but
highly optimized mplayer app), I get *some* dropped frames, but audio is
usually OK, and 100% CPU utilization. Swap is also a necessary evil (with a
4200RPM drive, it's evil... ;-) with all of the above.
With a highly optimized LFS, ("-Os and a bajangle of other stuff I'd
glommed from the 'net - don't remember now as it's been a couple of years)
- but GCC wasn't optimized, and glibc was "1/2 optimized" - I went with -O2
and pared about 1/2 of the extra flags out if they caused `make check` to
fail - and I can play DVDs full screen with about 55-60% CPU utilization,
no dropped frames, audio, I can browse the InterWeb at the same time, and I
have yet to need to turn swap on...
I have several other examples, but that one was the most dramatic. ;-)
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
Roger "Merch" Merchberger -- SysAdmin, Iceberg Computers
zmerch at 30below.com
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