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A test project to be used in conjunction with Godbolt's Compiler Explorer. Possibly the greatest project name in existence.

This project has a companion article that explains the background in sufficient detail along with code commentary any analysis: mulle-objc: investigation to inline mulle_objc_object_call

How this works

code.cpp is the start for this project. This file does technically exactly the same thing that mulle_objc_object_call does. Especially all the offsets in the various structs are identical. The code has just been stripped down to the bare minimum.

code.cpp is pasted into Godbolt's Compiler Explorer where various different compiler variations can be tried. Some of the more interesting outcomes have been saved in the results folder.

If you can make the output better with some obscure compiler flags, please let me know in the Issues.

To actually run a benchmark to compare these files, there is a test folder. You can use [](// to benchmark a single result or multiple results. By default will benchmark all x86_64 files in the results folder plus the handcoded .s files in the test folder.

If you are on a different architecture, let's say PPC for instance, you could run a single PPC result file with ./ ../results/powerpc-gcc-4.8.txt.

For each file the tester will print a line like this:


The 66 is the number of bytes used by the machine language code. The next three values are the user value from time -p for three runs of the benchmark that walked the "hit" path. The other three are for the "miss" path.

Read above-mentioned article for a commentary and interpretation of it all.

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