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From "Mark Brown (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (STDCXX-335) std::min() suboptimal
Date Wed, 07 Feb 2007 21:06:05 GMT
std::min() suboptimal

                 Key: STDCXX-335
             Project: C++ Standard Library
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: 25. Algorithms
    Affects Versions: 4.1.3
         Environment: gcc 3.2.3, x86 Linux
            Reporter: Mark Brown

I don't know if it's the compiler that's generating worse code for the stdcxx version of min
or if the function is not implemented as efficiently as it could be but the disassembly for
the two functions below shows that my_min() is one instruction shorter than test_min():

#include <algorithm>
int test_min (int x, int y) { return std::min (x, y); }
int my_min (int x, int y) { return x < y ? x : y; }

        pushl   %ebp
        movl    %esp, %ebp
        movl    12(%ebp), %eax
        cmpl    %eax, 8(%ebp)
        jg      .L2
        leal    8(%ebp), %eax   <<< extra load?
        movl    (%eax), %eax

        pushl   %ebp
        movl    %esp, %ebp
        movl    12(%ebp), %eax
        cmpl    8(%ebp), %eax
        jle     .L6
        movl    8(%ebp), %eax

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