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Subject: Re: [boost] [xint] Third release is ready, requesting preliminary review
From: Jeffrey Lee Hellrung, Jr. (jhellrung_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-05-03 18:37:34

On 5/3/2010 2:55 PM, Chad Nelson wrote:
> On 05/03/2010 02:26 PM, Jeffrey Lee Hellrung, Jr. wrote:
>>>> RVO works independently of (emulated) move semantics. [...]
>>> If that's the case, and GCC is doing that as it should, why would
>>> adding move semantics to the library provide any speed increase at
>>> all?
>> Hmmm...good question. For something like "w = x * y + z", if you can't
>> reuse any resources, I don't think move semantics will give you anything
>> other than optimizing the final assignment... [...]
> Sorry, I meant why does adding Boost.Move make any difference to the
> timings I posted yesterday at all, if the compiler is already eliding
> the copy operations on return values even without it? If I understand
> what you're trying to explain (which is far from certain), there's no
> need to wrap the return values in a boost::move call, but in that case
> Boost.Move should be completely superfluous -- the code should run at
> the same speed with or without it.
> I just realized that, since I have the boost::move calls wrapped in a
> #define already, it would be easy to check on that, so I did. The
> timings all indicate that without the boost::move() call for the return
> values, XInt runs as if Boost.Move weren't even there. So the
> boost::move call *is* required to get the benefits of emulated move
> semantics, as I originally thought.

Sorry, I *definitely* should've added that, as far as I know, RVO
generally requires a single, simple return statement. If you have
multiple returns, or a return expression more complicated than "return
foo;" or "return T(bar,zap);", then I don't think RVO typically kicks
in. Can you confirm or deny this to be the case? If it is, then the
move(...) calls or COW will almost certainly be necessary to get optimal

Again, my apologies for maybe oversimplifying the situation and
misleading you.


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- Jeff

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