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  Notes on povr performance analysis related to potential v4.0 changes.  
From: William F Pokorny
Date: 16 Feb 2022 22:34:57
Message: <620dc261$1@news.povray.org>
Attaching my notes looking at the performance impacts for a set of povr 
changes since last October at the expected compile and link options for 
best general povr performance.


The work to eliminate useless zeroing of vector components - always 
faster. (-0.1% to -4.7%)

Moving the bounding from floats to doubles (calc today always? doing 
type conversions float->double->float) is usually faster for scenes 
already heavily leaning on bounding for good performance (-0.3% to 
-16.9%). However, some scenes are slower (+1.8% to +2.9%). Accuracy of 
course better. Likely actual CPU hardware will also affect results.

The fix to avoid floating point exceptions into intersect_BBox so we can 
continue to use -ffast-math is - almost always - somewhat expensive 
(+0.4% +3.4%). Cost always much smaller than the typical -ffast-math gains.

The file has some information looking at certain shapes with the 
intersect_BBox code bypassed and not. Recommend a re-evaluation of what 
shapes bypass the mechanism hard coded set up.

Aside: The earlier look at parser symtable performance improvements not 
looked at for this analysis because I've not decided to adopt the 
changes for povr. The speed up method is kinda clunky.

Bill P.

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