More speed please!

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at
Fri Mar 16 05:43:22 EDT 2007

On Fri, 2007-03-16 at 08:33 +0000, Simon Peyton-Jones wrote:
> Can you give me a small program that demonstrates the issue?  (With
> any support modules it needs, but the less the better.)

Ok, so the main thing to notice in this example is that the function
that we keep in the Put (newtype) constructor is encapsulated in this
module. The Put constructor is not exported and all the functions
wrapped in Put are explicitly constructed in this module, we don't take
in unknown functions from the outside. So it's an example where we could
safely change the data representation with no external effect.

There's one module and a test module. There's also the stg output I get
with ghc-6.6 -O

There's only a half dozen functions, the three monad ops, and 'run',
'flush' and 'write'.

Actually flush and run are not needed to compile the test example though
at least run would be needed for anything to be useful.

Then an actual instance of using 'write' is 'word8' which is very simple
to define in terms of write.

You'll notice in the source I ran into that issue I described the other
day about write' being inlined despite the NOINLINE pragma.


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