Compression performance

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Thu Sep 16 09:20:07 PDT 2004

Hall, Charles V wrote:
> I'm running 4.10 prod on an Intel P4 and I want to maximize compression
> (i.e. /usr/bin/compress) performance--this seems to be my current
> bottleneck.
> What steps can I take to accomplish this?  (ZLIB, FPU support, anything
> else?)

Try using 'gzip --fast' instead of 'compress', assuming you are concerned with 
minimizing the CPU time required to compress files.  These types of 
compression algorithms use integer operations almost exclusively; the FPU 
isn't used significantly.


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