[Haskell-cafe] New GHC fails to specialize imported function

Richard Eisenberg eir at cis.upenn.edu
Fri Jul 31 12:17:23 UTC 2015

This sounds terrible. Please post a bug report at https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/ReportABug


On Jul 30, 2015, at 11:12 PM, William Yager <will.yager at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all, 
> I just installed the new Haskell platform for OS X.
> It seems to have caused a major performance regression for a program I'm working on, making it well over 25x slower.
> The culprit appears to be that the new GHC (7.10.2) fails to specialize an imported function. If I manually add a SPECIALIZE pragma, performance goes back to around what it used to be. 
> The code in question is located at https://github.com/wyager/HNet .
> As it stands, the code takes about 30 seconds to run on my machine. With the previous haskell-platform, it only took about .9 seconds. 
> If I modify Operations.hs and uncomment the SPECIALIZE pragma, runtime goes down to about 1.1 seconds (still slower for some reason, but not awful).
> To test, compile with -O2 (as the program makes heavy use of Data.Vector, which requires -fspec-constr for performance).
> Additionally, my experience doesn't seem to match https://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/7.8.4/docs/html/users_guide/pragmas.html#specialize-pragma in that if I add an INLINABLE pragma at the site of (••)'s definition and then try to SPECIALIZE it in a different file after importing, GHC tells me "Warning: SPECIALISE pragma on INLINE function probably won't fire: ‘••’". 
> Cheers,
> Will
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