[Haskell-cafe] bitSize

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 10:45:57 CEST 2011

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 04:08, Alexander Kjeldaas <
alexander.kjeldaas at gmail.com> wrote:

> All search engines deal with compressed integers, all compressors do, and
> most people doing bit-manipulation. Golomb, gamma, elias, rice coding, they
> all need this. Heck, even the Intel engineers chose to optimize this
> function by including the BSR instruction in the 386 architecture.  This is
> a basic building block.
> Don't underestimate the bit, it is coming back with a vengeance. Bit-coding
> is everywhere now, because of the memory hierarchy.  No haskeller should be
> left behind.

Is it so basic that we must throw out the current meaning of bitSize, with
all *its* uses, to satisfy yours?

brandon s allbery                                      allbery.b at gmail.com
wandering unix systems administrator (available)     (412) 475-9364 vm/sms
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