Proposal: Add Data.Bits.popCount

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at
Wed Aug 17 18:37:25 CEST 2011


Now when we have a fast popCnt# primop* it would be nice to expose it
to the world through an official API. I propose we add this method to
the Bits class in Data.Bits:

    -- | Return the number of set bits in the argument, know as the
    -- population count or the Hamming weight.
    popCount :: a -> Int

I will provide a default implementation, which means that this change
won't break any existing user defined instances. All the instances for
the basic types (Ints, Words, etc) will use the primops.

* These primops compile to a single POPCNT instruction if the user
compile using -msse4.2 and a fast lookup table based implementation

Discussion period: 2 weeks


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