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Author rhettinger
Recipients lukasz.langa, petr.viktorin, pitrou, rhettinger, vstinner
Date 2020-07-03.21:40:06
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PyTuple_Check() got slower across the board.  This is problematic because the principal use case for PyTuple_Check() is as a guard for various fast paths.

The direct cause of the degradation is that the inlining of PyType_Check() didn't go so well — commit 509dd90f4684e40af3105dd3e754fa4b9c1530c1. 

There are two issues.  First, we lost the fast path for an exact type match that was present in the 3.8 version of PyType_Check().  Second, functions like PyType_Check() cannot be fully inlined if they call other non-inlined functions like PyType_GetFlags().

The original unreviewed commit doesn't revert cleanly because subsequent changes were made.  Instead, I suggest:

* restore the short-cut for an exact type match, and
* convert PyType_GetFlags() to a macro or an inlined function

That would fix the performance regression while still treating type objects as opaque.

------- Incomplete inlines ----------------------------------------------
------- line 639 in object.h --------------------------------------------

static inline int
PyType_HasFeature(PyTypeObject *type, unsigned long feature) {
    return ((PyType_GetFlags(type) & feature) != 0);
               ^---- Non-static function cannot be inlined

#define PyType_FastSubclass(type, flag) PyType_HasFeature(type, flag)

static inline int _PyType_Check(PyObject *op) {
    return PyType_FastSubclass(Py_TYPE(op), Py_TPFLAGS_TYPE_SUBCLASS);
#define PyType_Check(op) _PyType_Check(_PyObject_CAST(op))

------- Old Type Check Code ---------------------------------------------
------- line 646 in object.h --------------------------------------------

#define PyObject_TypeCheck(ob, tp) \
    (Py_TYPE(ob) == (tp) || PyType_IsSubtype(Py_TYPE(ob), (tp)))
                 ^--- Fast path for exact match is now gone

------- Non-static function cannot be inlined --------------------------
------- line 2339 in typeobject.c  -------------------------------------

unsigned long
PyType_GetFlags(PyTypeObject *type)
    return type->tp_flags;
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