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Date: 2002-01-11 (09:25)
From: Christophe Raffalli <raffalli@u...>
Subject: [Caml-list] teil recursive function and GC


It seems that the two follwing functions are not equivalent: the tail
recursive version keeps pointers on all the intermediate sets and use a
huge amount of memory (with around 200000 triangles) while the
imperative version works well.

I think the compiler should generate code that do not keep useless
pointer accessible by the GC for tail recursive function calls (and also
for other function call) ?

(I use ocaml-3.03 with the native code compiler)

Imperative version (it is only a piece of my code):

  let vertices_number = 
    let adone = ref Vertex_set.empty in
    let count_vertices (p1,p2,p3) =
      adone := Vertex_set.add p1 
		       (Vertex_set.add p2
			  (Vertex_set.add p3 !adone))
    List.iter count_vertices triangles;
    Vertex_set.cardinal !adone
  let edges_number = 
    let adone = ref Edge_set.empty in
    let count_edges (p1,p2,p3) =
      adone := Edge_set.add (p1,p2)
		         (Edge_set.add (p2,p3)
			  (Edge_set.add (p1,p3) !adone))
    List.iter count_edges triangles;
    Edge_set.cardinal !adone

Tail recursive version:

  let rec count_vertices adone ts =
    match ts with 
      [] -> Vertex_set.cardinal adone
    | (p1,p2,p3)::ts -> count_vertices (Vertex_set.add p1 
		       (Vertex_set.add p2
			  (Vertex_set.add p3 adone))) ts
  let vertices_number = count_vertices Vertex_set.empty triangles in
  let rec count_edges adone ts =
    match ts with 
      [] -> Edge_set.cardinal adone
    | (p1,p2,p3)::ts -> count_edges (Edge_set.add (p1,p2)
		         (Edge_set.add (p2,p3)
			  (Edge_set.add (p1,p3) adone ))) ts
  let edges_number = count_edges Edge_set.empty triangles in

Christophe Raffalli
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