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From: Dave Harris (brangdon_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-05-06 14:39:51

In-Reply-To: <c7bsah$27c$1_at_[hidden]>
ianmcc_at_[hidden] (Ian McCulloch) wrote (abridged):
> Nice idea. I was thinking along the lines of how to achieve
> high-performance, with shared memory & fast network message passing in
> mind.

I have some experience of that kind of code being quicker than code which
naively treats an int as 4 bytes. There was enough compression that the
bandwidth saving (eg on disk i/o) compensated for the complexity of the

That was some years ago, and there may have been ways to optimise the
naive code that I didn't try. Still, I wouldn't write this off on speed
grounds without measuring it.

-- Dave Harris, Nottingham, UK

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