Hi all.
Does anyone have any idea why C++ program is significantly slower than
C program?

Explain the situation.
I have a number of API-s that are called via RPC, access some tables,
make some calculations and return some structures to the caller.
They've all been written on ILE/C.
Recently I started to experiment with porting them to ILE/C++. There
was a number of reasons why it would be nice.
After I rewrote the first one, I started to measure performance. This
is an issue for me as some of them are called hundreds of thousands
times per day.
Found out that it is approximately 2 times slower than C version.
Shared a code to colleges - no one found anything suspicious. However
one guy came out with a "brilliant" idea - he advised me to try to
recompile my C program with CPP compiler and see the performance.
Guess what? C program compiled with CPP compiler was the same 2 times
slower than C program compiled with C compiler....

And the only modifications that I did for compiling C with CPP compiler was:
1. Substituted "#pragma mapinc" table structue definitions with those
generated by GENCSRC;
2. Changed char and unsigned char in a couple of places as C++ is more strict;
3. Made a substitution for "NNNND" constants (like 100D for example)
as C++ does not support that.

What I saw is that time increase looks like it has a proportional nature.
I tested API in 3 cases (number of tests is over 100): simple request,
medium request; complicated request and the timing is:
Simple C: 1ms; Simple C++ : 2ms
Medium C: 3ms; Simple C++ : 7ms
Long C: 25ms; Long C++: 60ms.

The difference is in number of records read from table and a number of
That is a simple one retrieves less that 10 records; medium - more
than 10 and long - more than 100. Program makes a lot of calculations
with packed decimal.

Any idea why it is like that and is there anything that can be done about it?

Thanks in advance,


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