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From: Eric Ford (eford_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-09-08 17:51:37

In case anyone has downloaded my code, but not looked at it much, I've
revised the code at .

It now uses call_traits to optimize parameter passing.
Checkers now use static member functions when possible.
Both these changes should help for optimizations' sake.

Observations on optimizability:
I did some timing using linux/g++ 2.95 on a celeron.
There appears to be no overhead for calling the example funciton
square compared to using x*x.
According to the tuple documentation, the only overhead is from
returning a tuple: an extra creation and assignment for each element
of a tuple. And even this can sometimes be optimized out with KAI.
(Hopefully it's only a matter of time before most compilers perform
this optimization.) If you have a big data structure, then you might
want to use a smart pointer inside the tuple. Similarly, for
returning a significant number of values of the same type, an array
would probably be better than a tuple. I'd say it sounds like, except
in extreme cases, returning two or three values in a tuple is probably
not too big of a performance penalty.

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