[Haskell-cafe] How to write fast for loops

Niklas Hambüchen mail at nh2.me
Mon May 26 15:21:21 UTC 2014

There has just been a fix for vector that improves on the bad
performance of Word32 as compared to Int

The new benchmarks
now show Vector+Word32 on par, but functions in base, especially forM_,
are still horrendously slow on Word32.

On 28/04/14 05:24, John Lato wrote:
> Ahh, you made me look at the core again.  I think this is related to
> your observation about V.enumFromTo being the same as V.fromList.  With
> Word32 the generated core shows that this goes via a list representation
> instead of a nice loop.  Which makes me suspect there's some RULE that
> applies to Stream.enumFromTo that is firing in the first case but not
> the second.  And if I build both versions with -ddump-rule-firings,
> indeed I see that the Int version has
> Rule fired: enumFromTo<Int> [Stream] 
> With nothing comparable for the Word32 version.  I'd imagine if you grep
> for that in the Vector sources, you'd find something interesting.
> The EnumFromN version does not seem to suffer from this (but again it's
> necessary to evaluate the argument).

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