[Haskell-cafe] FPS lib

Simon Marlow simonmar at microsoft.com
Wed Oct 19 06:31:11 EDT 2005

On 19 October 2005 01:08, Donald Bruce Stewart wrote:

> However, on my machine:
>     OpenBSD/Pentium-M 1.6G/ghc-6.5 -O
>     Elapsed time:        FPS          Simon's PackedString  
>     Krasimir's test1                1.966s (40M)      2.151s (36M)   
>     2.235s (36M) test2                6.048s (24M)      3.160s (73M) 
> 2.318s (39M) 
> Which is basically what I expected. Though perhaps I need to improve
> concat (we currently do things a little strangely in concat, due to
> the darcs legacy), but pack itself is nice and fast.
>     Linux/Pentium 4 3.6G/ghc-6.4.1 -O
>     test1               35.37s            30.97s             2.180s
>     test2               90.93s            60.55s             1.916s
> Ah!! So what's going on on Linux, I wonder. Could it be something
> about 
> 6.4.1? Are we seeing the difference between ForeignPtrs from 6.4 to
> 6.5? I will investigate.

I bet that's the difference between ForeignPtrs in 6.4.1 and 6.5.  I'm
very tempted to merge the ForeignPtr optimisations into 6.4.2, so we can
benefit from this earlier.  The changes are all confined to one module

BTW, concat isn't optimised in my library.  It's defined like this:
  concat pss = pack $ Prelude.concat $ Prelude.map unpack pss

which is why I'm not winning this benchmark :)

> I'd be very wary of switching entirely to non-portable ghc
> primop-based code, as FPS already run ons hugs and I think nhc.

Yes, I think the benchmarks will ultimately show that using ByteArray#
isn't worth much, if any, performance gain.


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