# [RFC] Faster implementation of Integer to string conversion.

Bertram Felgenhauer bertram.felgenhauer at googlemail.com
Fri Apr 28 08:58:54 EDT 2006

```Simon Marlow wrote:
[snip patch description]
> I'm tempted to commit this patch, but I want to make sure it's not a
> performance regression for small integers.  When you say "comparable"
> performance, what does that mean exactly?  Printing small integers is by
> far the most common case.  Perhaps we should special-case the small
> integers (i.e. the S# constructor)?

Thank you for the reply.

Here are some numbers for Athlon XP; the new version is actually slightly
faster even for small numbers because it deals with small numbers as Ints,
not Integers, after just two comparisons. I'll attach a tar with the
relevant files to play with.

The test converts some numbers to strings. The output consists of the sum
of the ascii codes of all digits, and the time taken. N.jtos is the new
implementation of jtos; O.jtos is the old one.

up to 2
48500000 --> (N.jtos) time=176011000000
48500000 --> (O.jtos) time=176011000000
up to 16
70125000 --> (N.jtos) time=216014000000
70125000 --> (O.jtos) time=260016000000
up to 256
132677310 --> (N.jtos) time=328021000000
132677310 --> (O.jtos) time=500031000000
up to 1024
76638408 --> (N.jtos) time=176010000000
76638408 --> (O.jtos) time=284018000000
down to -16
112312500 --> (N.jtos) time=348021000000
112312500 --> (O.jtos) time=388024000000
down to -256
177501495 --> (N.jtos) time=460030000000
177501495 --> (O.jtos) time=636039000000
down to -1024
99116403 --> (N.jtos) time=244015000000
99116403 --> (O.jtos) time=352022000000
1..6 digits
150916720 --> (N.jtos) time=280018000000
150916720 --> (O.jtos) time=556034000000
6..6 digits
156750000 --> (N.jtos) time=284018000000
156750000 --> (O.jtos) time=580036000000
8..8 digits
81600000 --> (N.jtos) time=144008000000
81600000 --> (O.jtos) time=308020000000
9..9 digits
91200000 --> (N.jtos) time=156009000000
91200000 --> (O.jtos) time=348023000000
10..10 digits
103115788 --> (N.jtos) time=212013000000
103115788 --> (O.jtos) time=384024000000
11..11 digits
56828940 --> (N.jtos) time=144009000000
56828940 --> (O.jtos) time=388024000000
16..16 digits
83650000 --> (N.jtos) time=180012000000
83650000 --> (O.jtos) time=608038000000
17..17 digits
88450000 --> (N.jtos) time=192012000000
88450000 --> (O.jtos) time=648040000000
18..18 digits
93250000 --> (N.jtos) time=192012000000
93250000 --> (O.jtos) time=688044000000
19..19 digits
98050000 --> (N.jtos) time=304019000000
98050000 --> (O.jtos) time=736045000000
24..24 digits
126050000 --> (N.jtos) time=344023000000
126050000 --> (O.jtos) time=968060000000
25..25 digits
132450000 --> (N.jtos) time=352022000000
132450000 --> (O.jtos) time=996063000000
50..50 digits
132300000 --> (N.jtos) time=376023000000
132300000 --> (O.jtos) time=1108070000000
150..150 digits
158530000 --> (N.jtos) time=468029000000
158530000 --> (O.jtos) time=1764111000000

I've not tested the code on other platforms.

regards,

Bertram
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