Performance of send_message()

Pascal Brisset <>
Sun Aug 6 20:50:58 CEST 2000


OK, I found an explanation for both problems. The quadratic
behaviour will definitely not happen in real applications.

When beam 4.9.1 sends a constant object (atom, small int, etc), it
allocates a useless off-heap message_buffer. This causes a GC every
heap_sz/5 messages. Unfortunately, heap_sz remains constant,
therefore GCs continue with the same frequency. I guess each GC
needs to run through the message queue, hence the O(N^2) total time.

Here's a possible patch.

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--- otp_src_R6B-0/erts/emulator/beam/erl_message.c.dist Sun Aug  6 20:10:25 2000
+++ otp_src_R6B-0/erts/emulator/beam/erl_message.c      Sun Aug  6 20:10:44 2000
@@ -190,8 +190,14 @@
        token = copy_struct(SEQ_TRACE_TOKEN(sender), 6 /* TUPLE5 */, 
                            &hp, &receiver->off_heap);
     } else {
+      if ( msize ) {
         bp = new_message_buffer(msize);
         hp = bp->mem;
+      }
+      else {
+        bp = NULL;
+        hp = NULL;
+      }
     }
     message = copy_struct(message, msize, &hp, &receiver->off_heap);
     queue_message_tt(receiver, bp, message, token);



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