As far as I know, contract calls are expensive because the called contract code must be loaded.

  1. What if I make 2 cross-contract calls in one function to the same smart contract? Is the contract code loaded two times?
  2. What if I make 2 cross-contract calls in one function to the two different smart contracts that share the same code_hash? For example, I call two different PSP22s.

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The only really expensive part is loading the contract code because its size usually dominates every other storage access.

The costs of loading a contract code consists of two parts:

  1. Pulling the contract from storage into the runtime
  2. Delivering the contract code the the validator over the internet (only applies if pallet-contracts is deployed on a parachain).

Please note that the costs for 1 are theoretically reduced if you use the same code from the same pallet-contracts::call and the costs for 2 even when doing it within the same block.

However, we do not account for that right now. Due to the dynamic nature of weight tracking in pallet-contracts as opposed to simple pallets it would require additional work to make that happen: We would need to track which codes were accessed and then reduce the costs if they are loaded a second time. It is possible but it is just not happening right now.

Since we currently have no way to account for the costs of 2 we simulate it with ContractAccessWeight. We could reduce these costs if it happens in the same pallet-contracts:call in the same way as mentioned above. Tracking it per block is not in the cards right now.

  • " It is possible but it is just not happening right now." So basically in both case 1 & 2, 2 wasm blob are loaded from storage + delivered to network ? It was sure for 2. as a call to 300 flipper with same code hash increase the PoV size a lot but was not sure for 1. case
    – P.Ossun
    Aug 17, 2022 at 13:01
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    No. In case 1: Loaded from cache. In case 2: Only included once in the PoV. However, we don't track this and hence the costs are still incurred even though the work does not occur. Aug 17, 2022 at 13:31

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