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Subject: Re: [boost] Stack-based vector container
From: Gregory Crosswhite (gcross_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-01-23 13:33:16

Actually, I can report from experience that hand-rolling my own
stack-based vector allowed me to speed up my code by at least an order
of magnitude, so the benefit is not theoretical.

My situation was that I was working with vectors that were relatively
small and for which I knew the upper-bound at compile time. Since most
of the computation was just bitwise operations such as XORs, when I
profiled my code I found that the majority of the time was spent
allocating and freeing memory for std::vector. Even when I explicitly
reserved memory (so that std::vector would only perform an allocation
once) there was still a significant overhead. Replacing std::vector
with a stack-based vector eliminated this overhead and significantly
sped up my code by an order of magnitude.

In fact, it was exactly my experience with this performance improvement
which inspired me to start this thread in the first place.


On 1/22/11 11:52 PM, Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 11:13 PM, Stephan T. Lavavej
> <stl_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> The As If Rule always applies, but I can confidently say that nobody's compiler and Standard Library implementation conspires in such a way.
> Right, so it remains theoretical.
> My point was that the benefits of a stack-based vector type are also
> theoretical. Practically speaking, if std::vector is causing
> performance problems, I don't see myself thinking "ok, I need a
> stack-based vector." In that case, it makes more sense to me to throw
> all abstraction out and get down to the metal.
> Emil Dotchevski
> Reverge Studios, Inc.
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