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From C├ędric Champeau <>
Subject Performance of the compiler
Date Thu, 24 May 2018 06:30:13 GMT
Hi folks,

I just wanted to share the result of profiling the performance of the
compiler on "real world" classes, namely compiling the tests of Gradle. We
have a lot of tests, so compilation times becomes really a pain point, so I
have checked where we spend time. I have attached the export of hotspots
from a real compilation session.

It's no surprise to me, most of the time (70%) is spent in the resolve
visitor, and most of this time itself is spent in loading classes. We made
some improvements in the past, by not initializing those classes, but it's
still a crazy amount of time.

Similarly, we spend around 10% of our time in filling stack traces which
are used for flow control. Unfortunately we don't have the opportunity to
change this because it's either ClassNotFoundException (during resolution)
sent by the classloader, or ANTLR recognition exception, used for flow
control (duh!).

I remember that for Gradle I had implemented a custom ResolveVisitor that
adds some assumptions for Gradle scripts to avoid too many lookups for
classes which would obvisouly not exist, and it significantly improved the
performance of compiling scripts, but that was because there were lots of
implicit imports. For regular classes I'm not sure it's as simple.

Resolution is also very easy to break... Anyway, any change in this area
would probably make the lives of our users better!

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