I was doing a performance monitoring for my sine function and interestingly when I use the variable a in the sine as 16 bit unsigned types it takes more time to calculate than when I use the same variable as a 32 bit unsigned. Could this be because inside the sine algorithm in math.h/.c it takes more time to type caste the 16 bit type ??

This is how my operation looks like, start_performance, for(50 times) { a=sin(a*3.14/180); } stop_performance_and_read values

My performance monitoring unit works fine , its just that I dont understand why the result is odd.


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You don't say what processor this is running on. If it's a 32 bit machine, then calculations are most likely done on 32 bit values, and converting to/from 16 bit takes extra cycles.

I once did a benchmark test on a IBM workstation that had double precision floating point hardware. Double precision (64 bit) floating point calculations took longer than 32 bit.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ahh! Thats exactly it then !! Thank you so much !! Got it ! :) I am using a 32 bit ARM A9 processor ! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 14:07

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