ANN: HIntegerByInt

Stefan O'Rear stefanor at
Mon Aug 13 18:27:36 EDT 2007

On Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 03:21:54PM -0700, John Meacham wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at 12:09:44PM -0300, Isaac Dupree wrote:
> > 
> > BTW: I estimate that it took me about two solid weeks of time, more than 
> > I had originally intended to spend :)
> > 
> > 
> > I think using CPP will prove important, but makes it harder to test in 
> > Hugs... should I use Cabal if I want to use Hugs with haskell+cpp code?
> I think if you were willing to use what is provided by the FFI
> extension, you could make some signifigant improvements without
> resorting to CPP. mainly, you could use unsigned arithmetic and have
> access to bit operations.
> I was thinking a representation like
> data Integer = Integer !Bool Rest
> data Rest = Digit !Word Rest | End
> where the Bool indicates the sign, and the rest are the base-wordsize
> digits. It would also be possible to just use a sign bit in the number
> of course. that unboxed strict Word should make a big difference.

You might also try

data Integer = Pos !Word | Neg !Word | Big !Word Integer

since the incremental penalty of 3 constructors is quite small, and it
eliminates a few indirections.

(Note: You have to actually specify -funbox-strict-fields for the ! to
do much good.)

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