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Subject: Re: [boost] Review request for Boost.Align
From: DUPUIS Etienne (e.dupuis_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-02-20 07:59:34

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] De la part de Andrey
> Semashev
> Envoyé : jeudi 20 février 2014 10:56
> À : boost_at_[hidden]
> Objet : Re: [boost] Review request for Boost.Align
> I think it complicates things too much. For example, if I just want to align
> memory at cache line boundary (64 bytes for Intel CPUs), I would have to
> create a metafunction just to provide this single constant to the allocator.
> I can understand why you would want to use a metafunction here - you want
> rebound allocator to use the proper alignment. But realistically, no one ever
> wants to align memory weaker than malloc/new, and it is already guaranteed
> to align properly for any builtin types. So you would specify a stronger
> alignment than malloc/new provides, which means it should already be
> strong enough for any T. That's why I think a simple constant would be
> enough.
> template< typename T, unsigned int Alignment = 0 >
> class aligned_allocator
> {
> static constexpr unsigned int alignment = Alignment > 0 ?
> Alignment : alignment_of< T >::value;
> static_assert(alignment >= alignment_of< T >::value, "Specified alignment
> is too weak");
> };
> But if you decide to go with the metafunction, then at least provide a
> boilerplate so that it is easy to specify a constant.

I second Andrey, whatever the type T is, it would be nice to have an easy way of specifying a stronger alignment constraint. This is particularly useful to allocate for example buffers of uint8_t on 16-byte or 64-byte boundaries for performance reasons.


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