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Re: Evolution & optimization of the module system

From: Kevin Ryde
Subject: Re: Evolution & optimization of the module system
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 09:46:03 +1100
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address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
> Writing in C or assembly doesn't free from choosing appropriate
> algorithms.

It's rather unfair to the data structure to say it's no good when
there's likely to be an easy speedup between perhaps 2x and 5x.  In
principle all core primitives should be implemented in C; it loads
faster, runs faster, and shares memory between processes.  Of course
scheme is much friendlier to write, and there's no burning need to
squeeze out every last drop from things that are adequate as they
stand.  But if there's an issue of performance then some C is the
natural first step (or natural first to be excluded).

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