STL std::inplace_merge and Visual 2008 performance

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Tue, 16 Sep 2008 02:21:01 -0700

I am currently migrating our code from Visual .Net 2003 (ie 7.1) to visual
2005 SP1 (8.0) and Visual 2008 SP1 (9.0).

We have some algorithm in our software using a lot the STL
"std::inplace_merge" function. I think I found a slowdown with the new
version, on a unitary test software (included below).

Visual 2005SP1: 345ms
Visual 2005SP1: 587ms
Intel C++ 10.1: 340ms (with VC2008)

(on a Windows XP, each of the executable includes the correct MSVCR/MSVCP
versions, tested on a quad-core processor hardware as well as reproduced on a
2 x Xeon PIV processors).

The code generated by Visual 2008 seems to have a lot of asm instr related
to the stack (using esp register) whereas the one from Visual 2005 doesn't
include a single one.

1) Is there an obvious error on the compiler flags used ?
2) Is this slowdown related to the code generator (or optimizer) of Visual
2008 ?
I am puzzled by that because I think Visual C++ team runs serious
performance regression tests.

Any hint would be appreciated.


Precise versions used
  Intel compiler: 10.1.025
  Visual 2005 compiler: 14.00.50727.762
  Visual 2008 compiler: 15.00.30729.01

Code used
1) .bat to compile things:

REM Visual 8.0
call "%VS80COMNTOOLS%\vsvars32.bat"
cl.exe /Zi /Ox /Ob2 /Oi /Oy /D "WIN32" /D "NDEBUG" /D "_WINDOWS" /D
"_USRDLL" /D "_VC80_UPGRADE=0x0710" /D "_WINDLL" /D "_MBCS" /FD /EHsc /MD
/arch:SSE2 /fp:fast /Zc:wchar_t- /D_CRT_SECURE_NO_WARNINGS
SortedVector.cpp /link /OPT:REF /OPT:ICF

REM Visual 9.0
call "%VS90COMNTOOLS%\vsvars32.bat"
cl.exe /Zi /Ox /Ob2 /Oi /Oy /D "WIN32" /D "NDEBUG" /D "_WINDOWS" /D
"_USRDLL" /D "_VC80_UPGRADE=0x0710" /D "_WINDLL" /D "_MBCS" /FD /EHsc /MD
/arch:SSE2 /fp:fast /Zc:wchar_t- /D_CRT_SECURE_NO_WARNINGS
SortedVector.cpp /link /OPT:REF /OPT:ICF

REM Intel 10.1
call "C:\Program Files\Intel\Compiler\C++\10.1.025\IA32\Bin\ICLVars.bat"
icl.exe /Zi /Ox /Ob2 /Oi /Oy /D "WIN32" /D "NDEBUG" /D "_WINDOWS" /D
"_USRDLL" /D "_VC80_UPGRADE=0x0710" /D "_WINDLL" /D "_MBCS" /FD /EHsc /MD
/arch:SSE2 /fp:fast /Zc:wchar_t- /D_CRT_SECURE_NO_WARNINGS
/D_HAS_ITERATOR_DEBUGGING=0 /DNDEBUG /Fe"SortedVector2008SP1-intel.exe"
SortedVector.cpp /link /OPT:REF /OPT:ICF


2) .bat to execute things




3) Code used (file named: SortedVector.cpp)

// SortedVector.cpp : Defines the entry point for the console application.
#include <windows.h>
#include <vector>
#include <set>
#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <new.h>
#include <malloc.h>
   // Define the functions for VTune
   // In order to NOT ship VTuneAPI.DLL as a dependency to the client
   // we need to dynically get the pointers to the pause/resume API.
   // Hence this code has the advantage to make no implict compile or link
   // dependencies towards VTune.
   static void (__cdecl *VTResume)(void) = NULL;
   static void (__cdecl *VTPause) (void) = NULL;

   static bool VTuneInitialized = false;
   // Init the VTPause and VTResume functions,
   // and returns false if VTune is not present
   bool InitVtunePointers()
      HINSTANCE pVTuneDLL = LoadLibrary( "vtuneapi.dll" );
      if( pVTuneDLL )
     VTResume = (void(__cdecl *)())GetProcAddress( pVTuneDLL, "VTResume" );
     VTPause = (void(__cdecl *)())GetProcAddress( pVTuneDLL, "VTPause" );
      return !(NULL==pVTuneDLL);

class GeometryFace {

typedef std::vector<GeometryFace *> VectorContainer;

int main(int argc, char ** argv[])
    static int LFH = 0;
    QueryPerformanceFrequency( &li );

    HANDLE DefaultHeap = (HANDLE) _get_heap_handle();
    if(NULL == DefaultHeap)
        printf("There is a problem to compact the CRT heap");
        if(0 == LFH)
            LFH = 1;
            // Copy - paste from MSDN
            ULONG ulEnableLFH = 2;

            if (HeapSetInformation((PVOID)DefaultHeap, HeapCompatibilityInformation,
                               &ulEnableLFH, sizeof(ulEnableLFH)))
                printf("Enabling Low Fragmentation Heap succeeded\n");
                printf("Enabling Low Fragmentation Heap failed\n");

        bool ValidationRes = HeapValidate(DefaultHeap, 0, NULL);
        SIZE_T MaxBlock = HeapCompact(DefaultHeap, 0);

        printf("The maximum size for the CRT heap after compaction is %d,
validation is %s\n", (int) MaxBlock, (ValidationRes) ? "true" : "false");

    // Fill-in foo vector with random values
    unsigned int MAX_ELEMENT = 2*1000*1000;
    unsigned int ToRemoveNbr = 100;
    unsigned int ToMergeNbr = 1000;
    unsigned int IterationNbr = 100;
            std::char_traits<char> > out(std::cout, " ");

    VectorContainer foo;

    std::set<int> RandomNumbers;
    std::srand( 123456 );

    int count=0;
    while ( RandomNumbers.size() < MAX_ELEMENT )
        RandomNumbers.insert( RandomNumbers.end(), (rand() * rand()) %
(MAX_ELEMENT * 10));
    std::cout << std::endl;
    std::set<int>::iterator RandomNumberIt = RandomNumbers.begin();
    for(unsigned int i=0; i<MAX_ELEMENT; i++)
        VectorContainer::value_type temp = (VectorContainer::value_type)

    // sort of vector
    std::sort(foo.begin(), foo.end());
    std::cout << "foo size: " << foo.size() << std::endl;
    std::copy(foo.end () - 50, foo.end (), out);
    std::cout << std::endl;

    // Copy of vector
    VectorContainer bar(foo.begin(), foo.end());
    std::cout << "bar size: " << foo.size() << std::endl;
    std::copy(bar.end () - 50, bar.end (), out);
    std::cout << std::endl;

    // LE vecteur a merger
    VectorContainer ToBeMerged;
    std::set<int> RandomNumbers2;
    while ( RandomNumbers2.size() < ToMergeNbr )
        RandomNumbers2.insert( RandomNumbers2.end(), (rand() * rand()) %
(MAX_ELEMENT * 10));
    std::cout << std::endl;
    std::set<int>::iterator RandomNumberIt2 = RandomNumbers2.begin();
    for(unsigned int i=0; i<ToMergeNbr; i++)
        VectorContainer::value_type temp = (VectorContainer::value_type)
    std::sort(ToBeMerged.begin(), ToBeMerged.end());

    // inplace_merge srt --> dest
    __int64 TotalTicks = 0;
    LARGE_INTEGER timeBefore, timeAfter;
    QueryPerformanceCounter( &timeBefore );

    for(int ii=0; ii<100; ii++){
        // Prep
        int NewlyInserted = foo.size();
        LARGE_INTEGER timeBefore, timeAfter;

        for(unsigned int i=0; i<ToMergeNbr; i++)
        if(VTResume != NULL)

        QueryPerformanceCounter( &timeBefore );

        // Merge
                foo.begin()+ NewlyInserted,

        QueryPerformanceCounter( &timeAfter );

        if(VTPause != NULL)
        TotalTicks += timeAfter.QuadPart - timeBefore.QuadPart;

        // On recommence
        std::copy(bar.begin(), bar.end(), foo.begin());

    double timeInSeconds = (double)TotalTicks * 1000.0 / li.QuadPart;

    printf("Took: %f ms\n", timeInSeconds);
    return 0;

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