Compiling as PIC

Omair Majid omajid at
Thu Dec 18 14:29:59 PST 2008

Omair Majid wrote:
> Matthias Klose wrote:
>> Omair Majid schrieb:
>>> Ionana and I have been trying to get icedtea to work when built as a
>>> normal user with SELinux enabled. SELinux stops java from loading
>>> which is built as non-PIC. Please see
>>> for more
>>> information.
>>> The bug report states that building as PIC has performance
>>> penalties. Ioana and I have been comparing the performance of a JVM
>>> built as PIC with one built as non-PIC for the last few days. For the
>>> JVM built as PIC, the fastest run was about 3% faster than the slowest.
>>> For the JVM built as non-PIC, the fastest run was about 1% faster than
>>> the slowest. Comparing the average performance, the PIC JVM seems to be
>>> faster by 0.59% which indicates that any difference in performance is
>>> negligible.
>>> Building as PIC should also result in memory savings as the
>>> code segment will be shared across processes.
>>> The attached patch will build as PIC. Any objections to
>>> applying it?
>> does it make a difference with SELinux disabled?
> I just finished running the tests with SELinux disabled. The performance 
> difference between a PIC jvm and a non-PIC jvm was about 0.9%, with the 
> PIC jvm being actually faster. So any performance loss is negligible.
> Omair

Just wanted to add that the in the old hotspot was built as 


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