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Subject: Re: [boost] [Heaps] benchmarks
From: Andrew Sutton (asutton.list_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-06-08 19:52:06

> Tim, you're proposing this b-heap purely as a performance optimisation
> compared to the "traditional" heap, but we've not yet seen any cases where
> it is actually faster.  If it can be faster we need to see some examples,
> and the documentation should qualify when it can be expected to be better.
>  If it's not faster, it should be dropped.

I don't think removal would be the right solution, but it certainly
shouldn't be recommended as a best choice. Part of what I like about
this library is that it provides a framework for evaluating
comparative heap performance. While it doesn't appear to perform as
well now, it's possible that future architectures may be more amenable
to b-heap implementations. If not, then Boost has an implementation
that can be used to empirically demonstrate otherwise.

The same argument can probably be made for binomial heaps and fibonacci heaps.


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