andy at galois.com
Thu Mar 30 17:12:29 EST 2006
For the reasons talked about in previous posts, I'd like to propose a
- It provides a mechanism to allow an effective, systematic
tracking down of
a class of space leaks.
- It provides a mechanism to simply stomp on a class of space leaks.
- It avoids the user having to explicitly declare instances for a
for every type in your program.
- It has a declarative feel; this expression is hyper strict.
- Is a specification of strictness.
- It will open up various optimization opportunities, avoiding
(I dont talk about this more, but I'm happy to elaborate)
- It can have an efficient implementation, or a simple (slow)
(The fast implementation one can be used to stomp space leaks,
the slow one can help find the same leaks.)
What I would like to propose for Haskell' are four things:
(Essential) Add a deepSeq function into Haskell'
deepSeq :: a -> b -> b
- Don't really care if its in a class or not; would prefer not for
the reasons John Hughes talked about.
- This would deepSeq all its children for regular constructors.
- deepSeq would not indirect into IO or MVar.
- functions would be evaluated to (W?)HNF.
- IO, ST are functions under the hood.
(Easy) Add a $!! function, and a strict function
f $!! a = a `deepSeq` f a
strict a = a `deepSeq` a
(Nice) Add a !! notation, where we have ! in datatypes.
data StrictList a = Cons (!!a) (!!StrictList a) | Nil
(Perhaps) Add a way of making *all* the fields strict/hyperstrict.
data !!StrictList a = ..,
We could also do this for !
deepSeq (RAW_CONS <is_deep_seq'd_bit> ... fields ) =
if <is_deep_seq'd_bit> == True
then return /* hey, we've already deepSeq'd this */
else set <is_deep_seq'd_bit> to True.
deepSEQ (REF/MVAR...) = return
So we only deepSeq any specific constructor once! Sorta like lazy
We'd need to catch exceptions, unset the is_deep_seq'd_bit, so that any
subsequent call of deepSeq would also have the option of raising the
- How easy is this to add to the compilers? It looks pretty simple
and would provide huge bang-for-buck for Galois.
- Any alternatives to the key concern; stomping on space leaks.
(This proposal is orthogonal to the seq/Class discussion)
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