Heap based mutable arrays?
Wed May 2 12:30:50 CEST 2001
Thomas Lindgren <> writes:
> I know there has been discussions about implementing something like
> this in OTP, but I don't know the precise status. Björn G. probably
> knows more :-)
Actually, the code for a vector type is included in R7B, but the
BIFs used to create vectors (vector:new/2 and vector:from_list/1)
are disabled. By a few simple changes to the erl_vector.c source
file in the open source distribution vector support can be enabled.
The following features are not implemented (and will crasch the emulator
if you try to use them):
- Term comparisions of whole vectors.
- Taking hash values of vectors.
- Creating circular terms will cause an infinite loop in term copying
(and perhaps in other places).
I bypass the garbage collection problem by forcing a fullsweep collection
as soon as any vector is updated.
My time measurements were somewhat of a disappointment. You'll get a noticeable
performance improvement if you use vectos with many elements (typically more
than several hundred elements) compared to using a tuple of the same size,
but for many algorithm data structures using lists and/or tuples are faster
Vectors may get more useful if we'll fix the garbage collector (implementing
a proper write barrier).
Björn Gustavsson Ericsson Utvecklings AB
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