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Re: Guix-HPC activity report

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Guix-HPC activity report
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:09:35 +0100
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Hi Simon,

zimoun <address@hidden> skribis:

> In the Guix FFTW package definition, there is a comment about AVX.
> Well, is it still accurate ?
> Is Guix binary still slower than other ?

The comment links to
<>, which reads:

  Enable various SIMD instruction sets. […] FFTW will try to detect at
  runtime whether the CPU supports these extensions.  That is, you can
  compile with --enable-avx and the code will still run on a CPU without
  AVX support.

So I believe the numbers one gets with the ‘fftw’ package in Guix are
the best one can get because FFTW does the right thing of using the
right version of its hot functions at run time.  (That said, you can
redo the benchs, and if this is not the case, it’s a bug! :-))

See also this article, which addresses this topic:


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