This article focuses on the performance of
arm platforms. Go 1.1 was an important release as it raised
arm to a level on par with
386 and introduced support for additional operating systems. Some highlights that Go 1.1 brings to
- Support for
- Additional of experimental support for
- Better code generation, including a now partially working peephole optimiser, better register allocator, and many small improvements to reduce code size.
- Support for ARMv6 hosts, including the Raspberry Pi.
GOARMvariable is now optional, and automatically chooses its value based on the host Go is compiled on.
- The memory allocator is now significantly faster due to elimination of many 64 bit instructions which were previously emulated a high cost.
- A significantly faster software division/modulo facility.
These changes were not possible without the efforts of Shenghou Ma, Rémy Oudompheng and Daniel Morsing who made enormous contributions to the compiler and runtime during the Go 1.1 development cycle.
Again, a huge debt of thanks is owed to Anthony Starks who helped prepare the benchmark data and images for this article.
Go 1 benchmarks on
Since its release Go has supported more that one flavor of
arm architecture. Presented here are benchmarks from a wide array of hosts to give a representative sample of the performance of Go 1.1 programs on
arm hosts. From top left to bottom right
- Beaglebone Black, Texas Instruments AM335x Cortex-A8 ARMv7
- Samsung Chromebook, Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual Cortex-A15 ARMv7
- QNAP TS-119P, Marvell Kirkwood ARMv5
- Raspberry Pi Model B, Broadcom 2835 ARMv6
As always the results presented here are available in the autobench repository. The thumbnails are clickable for a full resolution view.
Hey, the images don’t work on my iSteve! Yup, it looks like iOS devices have a limit for the size of images they will load inside a web page, and these images are on the sadface side of that limit. If you click on the broken image, you’ll find the images will load fine in a separate page. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The speedup in
BinaryTree17, and to a lesser extent
Fannkuch11, benchmarks is influenced by the performance of the heap allocator. Part of heap allocation involves updating statistics stored in 64 bit quantities, which flow into
runtime.MemStats. During the 1.1 cycle, some quick work on the part of the Atom symbol removed many of these 64 bit operations, which shows as decreased run time in these benchmarks.
Across all the samples,
net/http benchmarks have benefited from the new poller implementation as well as the pure Go improvements to the
net/http package through the work of Brad Fitzpatrick and Jeff Allen.
The results of the
runtime benchmarks mirror those from
386. The general trend is towards improvement, and in some cases, a large improvement, in areas like
The improvements to the
Append set of benchmarks shows the benefit of a change committed by Rob Pike which avoids a call to
runtime.memmove when appending small amounts of data to a
The common theme across all the samples is the regression in some channel operations. This may be attributable to the high cost of performing atomic operations on
arm platforms. Currently all atomic operations are implemented by the
runtime package, but in the future they may be handled directly in the compiler which could reduce their overhead.
CompareString benchmarks show a smaller improvement than other platforms because CL 8056043 has not yet been backported to
With the additions of
cgo support, throughput improvements in the
net package, and improvements to code generation and garbage collector, Go 1.1 represents a significant milestone for writing Go programs targeting
To wrap up this series of articles it is clear that Go 1.1 delivers on its promise of a general 30-40% improvement across all three supported architectures. If we consider the relative improvements across compilers, while
6g remains the flagship compiler and benefits from the fastest underlying hardware,
5g show a greater improvement relative to the Go 1.0 release of last year.
But wait, there is more
If you’ve enjoyed this series of posts and want to follow the progress of Go 1.2 I’ll soon be opening a branch of autobench which will track Go 1.1 vs tip (1.2). I’ll post and tweet the location when it is ready.
Since the Go 1.2 change window was opened on May 14th, the allocator and garbage collector have already received improvements from Dmitry Vyukov and the Atom symbol aimed at further reducing the cost of GC, and Carl Shapiro has started work on precise collection of stack allocated values.
Finally, Go 1.2 has a release timetable. So while we can’t really say what will or will not making it into 1.2, we can say that it should be done by the end of 2013.