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9.10.2 High-level (HLDS -> HLDS) optimization options

These optimizations are high-level transformations on our HLDS (high-level data structure).

--no-inlining

Disable all forms of inlining.

--no-inline-simple

Disable the inlining of simple procedures.


--no-inline-builtins

Generate builtins (e.g. arithmetic operators) as calls to out of line procedures. This is done by default when debugging, as without this option the execution of builtins is not traced.

--no-inline-single-use

Disable the inlining of procedures called only once.

--inline-compound-threshold threshold

Inline a procedure if its size (measured roughly in terms of the number of connectives in its internal form), multiplied by the number of times it is called, is below the given threshold.

--inline-simple-threshold threshold

Inline a procedure if its size is less than the given threshold.

--intermod-inline-simple-threshold threshold

Similar to –inline-simple-threshold, except used to determine which predicates should be included in ‘.opt’ files. Note that changing this between writing the ‘.opt’ file and compiling to C may cause link errors, and too high a value may result in reduced performance.

--inline-vars-threshold threshold

Don’t inline a call if it would result in a procedure containing more than threshold variables. Procedures containing large numbers of variables can cause slow compilation.

--loop-invariants

Optimize loop invariants by moving computations within a loop that are the same on every iteration to the outside so they are only calculated once. (This is a separate optimization to ‘--optimize-rl-invariants’.)


--no-common-struct

Disable optimization of common term structures.

--constraint-propagation

Enable the constraint propagation transformation, which attempts to transform the code so that goals which can fail are executed as early as possible.

--local-constraint-propagation

Enable the constraint propagation transformation, but only rearrange goals within each procedure. Specialized versions of procedures will not be created.


--no-follow-code

Don’t migrate builtin goals into branched goals.


--optimize-unused-args

Remove unused predicate arguments. The compiler will generate more efficient code for polymorphic predicates.


--intermod-unused-args

Perform unused argument removal across module boundaries. This option implies ‘--optimize-unused-args’ and ‘--intermodule-optimization’.


--unneeded-code

Remove goals from computation paths where their outputs are not needed, provided the language semantics options allow the deletion or movement of the goal.


--unneeded-code-copy-limit limit

Gives the maximum number of places to which a goal may be copied when removing it from computation paths on which its outputs are not needed. A value of zero forbids goal movement and allows only goal deletion; a value of one prevents any increase in the size of the code.


--optimize-higher-order

Specialize calls to higher-order predicates where the higher-order arguments are known.


--type-specialization

Specialize calls to polymorphic predicates where the polymorphic types are known.


--user-guided-type-specialization

Enable specialization of polymorphic predicates for which there are ‘:- pragma type_spec’ declarations. See the “Type specialization” section in the “Pragmas” chapter of the Mercury Language Reference Manual for more details.


--higher-order-size-limit limit

Set the maximum goal size of specialized versions created by ‘--optimize-higher-order’ and ‘--type-specialization’. Goal size is measured as the number of calls, unifications and branched goals.


--higher-order-arg-limit limit

Set the maximum size of higher-order arguments to be specialized by ‘--optimize-higher-order’ and ‘--type-specialization’.


--optimize-constant-propagation

Evaluate constant expressions at compile time.


--introduce-accumulators

Attempt to introduce accumulating variables into procedures, so as to make the procedure tail recursive.


--optimize-constructor-last-call

Enable the optimization of “last” calls that are followed by constructor application.


--optimize-dead-procs

Enable dead procedure elimination.


--excess-assign

Remove excess assignment unifications.


--no-optimize-format-calls

Do not attempt to interpret the format string in calls to string.format and related predicates at compile time; always leave this to be done at runtime.


--optimize-duplicate-calls

Optimize away multiple calls to a predicate with the same input arguments.


--delay-constructs

Reorder goals to move construction unifications after primitive goals that can fail.


--optimize-saved-vars

Minimize the number of variables that have to be saved across calls.


--deforestation

Enable deforestation. Deforestation is a program transformation whose aim is to avoid the construction of intermediate data structures and to avoid repeated traversals over data structures within a conjunction.


--deforestation-depth-limit limit

Specify a depth limit to prevent infinite loops in the deforestation algorithm. A value of -1 specifies no depth limit. The default is 4.


--deforestation-vars-threshold threshold

Specify a rough limit on the number of variables in a procedure created by deforestation. A value of -1 specifies no limit. The default is 200.


--deforestation-size-threshold threshold

Specify a rough limit on the size of a goal to be optimized by deforestation. A value of -1 specifies no limit. The default is 15.


--analyse-exceptions

Try to identify those procedures that cannot throw an exception. This information can be used by some optimization passes.


--analyse-trail-usage

Enable trail usage analysis. Identify those procedures that will not modify the trail. This information is used to reduce the overhead of trailing.


--analyse-mm-tabling

Identify those goals that do not calls procedures that are evaluated using minimal model tabling. This information is used to reduce the overhead of minimal model tabling.


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