[Cuis-dev] usefulness of a faster #timesRepeat?

Juan Vuletich juan at jvuletich.org
Sun Nov 10 05:56:37 PST 2019

Hi Andrés, Folks,

The attach is a slight rework to avoid evaluating many times a block 
that might take a long time to run. It also allows us doing '[ stuff ] 
benchFor: 1.5 seconds' for example.

Please take a look.


Juan Vuletich

On 11/9/2019 1:18 AM, Andres Valloud via Cuis-dev wrote:
> Hi,
>>> First, especially in 32 bit systems, it's very important never to 
>>> send timesRepeat: to a large integer --- this is why the large 
>>> integer method splits the process in rounds of timesRepeat: sent to 
>>> small integers. 
>> I guess you mean 'never run the iteration on LargeInteger 
>> arithmetic', so with the splitting in LargePositiveInteger, sending 
>> timesRepeat: to a large integer is ok...
> Yeah, that's what I meant.  If you only had the simple implementation 
> in Integer, then the to:do: will create large integers for every 
> iteration.  That is a) slow in itself, and b) creates garbage that 
> later has to be collected.
>> Interesting. Not the case in Cuis, where there is no Compiler 
>> optimization of #timesRepeat:
> Right --- if that did happen though, then we'd be looking at writing 
> timesRepeat: [aBlock value].
>> Still, I wasn't explicit on what I really wanted to ask... My 
>> question is: Is #bench (or bench: seconds) a good replacement for 
>> #timesRepeat:? If so, does still make sense to have an optimized 
>> version of #timesRepeat:?
> If there was bench: seconds, and if that accepted a float argument so 
> one could say things like bench: 1.5 and things like that, then the 
> timesRepeat: improvement would be less important for this use case.
> The timesRepeat: improvements might still matter, but we'd have to 
> find another justification for them first.
> Andres.

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