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bug#6658: [PATCH] randread: don't require -lrt

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#6658: [PATCH] randread: don't require -lrt
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 00:39:50 +0100
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On 23/07/10 23:20, Paul Eggert wrote:
>>> 3.  We could get about 2X CPU performance on 64-bit machines by using
>>>     ISAAC64 instead of ISAAC.
>> These are all welcome changes, and the patch for (1) looks fine.
> OK, here's the change for (3), which I just pushed.  I verified that
> it improved performance of random-number generation by 2x on my
> 64-bit host (RHEL 5 host with a Xeon E5620; the benchmark performance
> improvement was actually a tiny bit better than 2x speedup).  On this
> platform isaac_refill now generates pseudorandom data at around 2.5 GB/s,
> which is quite a bit faster than /dev/urandom's 7.5 MB/s
> (as measured with dd).

Very nice.

> On 32-bit hosts the code behaves as before, though I expect it runs a
> bit faster than before (I haven't checked this).

Same performance on 32 bit here:

$ git pull origin
$ gcc -march=pentium-m -O2 -I lib gl/tests/test-rand-isaac.c lib/libcoreutils.a
$ time ./a.out 10000000
real    0m13.093s
$ (cd lib && make)
  CC     randread.o
  CC     rand-isaac.o
  AR     libcoreutils.a
$gcc -march=pentium-m -O2 -I lib gl/tests/test-rand-isaac.c lib/libcoreutils.a
$ time ./a.out 10000000
real    0m13.115s

Note I needed to comment out the ASSERT check
when linking with the old rand-isaac.
Is that a bug in the old implementation or just a change?

> Perhaps this stuff should be moved to gnulib?  I can't recall if there
> was any good reason to leave it in coreutils.

Inertia more than anything I think.

> +++ b/gl/tests/test-rand-isaac.c
> +
> +/* FIXME: once/if in gnulib, use #include "macros.h" in place of this */
> +#define ASSERT(expr) \

Hmm, I just used macros.h in test-mbsalign.c which seems ok

I'm marking this rand update series as done.


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