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Re: API pair_content() call is about 7x slower on Fedora 29 vs Bionic

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: API pair_content() call is about 7x slower on Fedora 29 vs Bionic
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 18:23:50 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On Sat, Dec 29, 2018 at 09:48:01AM -0600, Bryan Christ wrote:
> I realize the linear searches are not good but there's no easy way
> around it.  Libvterm inits 64 color pairs (8 x 8) in keeping with the
> 64 colors allowed by the RXVT definition.  I do this because I have no
> way of knowing how many / which colors some program running under the
> emulator will need.  In the case of the demo program that gets built
> with libvterm, I, as the implementer/integrator of the library, know how
> to best look-up those color pairs and can therefore provide a better
> callback.  I don't know that other users of the library will do the
> same so it would be ideal if the performance could be at least as good
> as on Bionic with the default linear lookup using pair_content().

hmm - the improvement I saw (reducing calls to _nc_reserved_pairs by
inlining the checks) works well enough (according to gprof...),
but there is at least another factor: whether the sp-funcs feature is used.



it's a standard part of ABI 6, and accounts for the function names ending
with "_sp".  That adds a little to the time since it adds a layer of
function calls.

The Fedora trace shows it's being used (the rpm spec says it builds
ABI 5 and ABI 6, without overriding that feature); Bionic doesn't:
        a) it's still using ABI 5, and
        b) Ubuntu copies Debian packages.  Debian testing has ABI 5 and 6,
           so sometime Ubuntu will get it (there's always a delay).

The _nc_reserve_pairs code is used as part of new functionality to
support color pairs past 32767. sp-funcs is used to help developers
write reentrant code.  Speeding either of those up by eliminating
a layer of calls would require lots of code duplication.  (If someone
has _other_ approaches to improving performance, that's interesting).

By the way, Debian's ABI 6 development overrides part of the ABI defaults
listed above (the chtype/mmask_t details), so it wastes space.  I mentioned
that before.

Thomas E. Dickey <address@hidden>

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