GCC 3.1 and OSX.2


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Sep 13, 2001
Portland, OR
The latest version of the Apple dev tools includes GCC 3.1, which, according to many people on the arstechnica forums, gives a fairly significant speed improvement (as far as I could tell, a common amount of improvement for a 4 second test was .5 seconds, or about 12-13%. This may not seem like all that much, but thats a greater than 10% improvement from a simple recompile, not at all bad imo)
It's pretty much a given that 10.2 will be compiled with the latest dev tools, so we could be seeing a noticeable speed improvement without even taking into account any changes they're making (such as redoing the mathlib in PPC assembly like OS9's).


macrumors 65816
Jan 31, 2002
Room for improvement.

Originally posted by sparkleytone
ars is just a site full of wankers quoting daddy and flaming each other. i wouldnt trust them as far as...well...you get it.
You've been hurt before haven't you? Ars isn't bad site, especially their technical articles. Forums get a bit much, though.

Anyway, there is a lot of room for improvement in the compilers for OS X. There have been numerous article and comments all over the web about the lack of optimization in the gcc compilers for OS X. This is only one of the areas that could be improved though. Hopefully we see some improvement in X.2. My fingers have been crossed for weeks.

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