Faster rebuild with GNU gold linker

Martin Buchholz martinrb at google.com
Wed Feb 20 01:23:41 UTC 2019


https://openjdk.markmail.org/thread/q3layufiyjivu42c

On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 5:03 PM Ioi Lam <ioi.lam at oracle.com> wrote:

> For the impatient engineers ....
>
> I did some measurement between the default GNU linker "ld" vs "ld.gold".
> I am trying to get the fastest rebuild time after I modify one cpp file.
> With gold, it's down to about 1/3 of the original time.
>
>
> slowdebug (~220MB libjvm.so)
>
>                   recompile 1 cpp file  |  relink libjvm.so only
> ld:                   33 s                   25 s
> gold 1 thread:        16 s                    9 s
> gold 8 threads:       13 s                    6 s
>
>
> fastdebug (~360MB libjvm.so)
>
>
>                   recompile 1 cpp file  |  relink libjvm.so only
> ld:                   35 s                    25 s
> gold 1 thread:        18 s                    10 s
> gold 8 threads:       15 s                     6 s
>
>
> Question: do we want to add built-in support for gold into the JDK
> makefiles?
>
>
> Notes:
>
> To choose gold, run configure with something like:
>
>      --with-extra-ldflags='-fuse-ld=gold -Wl,--threads,--thread-count,8'
>
> I essentially do a "make hotspot" and then move the libjvm.so into a JDK
> image, instead of doing a full JDK image build.
>
> "make hotspot" makes a copy of libjvm.so (from
> support/modules_libs/java.base/server/ to jdk/lib/server/). I hacked the
> Makefile to make a hard link instead to avoid the unnecessary I/O.
>
> libjvm.so is built with --with-native-debug-symbols=internal to avoid
> the expensive invocations of objcopy and strip.
>
>
> My environment:
>
> I am using gcc7.3.0 on Ubuntu 16.04.5 on a 5 year old Dell Precision
> T7600 with dual socket Xeon E5-2665 @ 2.40GHz, 64GB RAM, Samsung 840 PRO
> SSD. I suspect gold can run even faster, but my slow SSD is holding it
> back.
>
> ld version   = GNU ld (GNU Binutils) 2.30
> gold version = GNU gold (GNU Binutils for Ubuntu 2.26.1) 1.11
>
> (These are just the versions available to me on my machine, not
> necessarily the best)
>
>


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