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Date: 2003-06-02 (10:13)
From: Fabrice Le Fessant <lefessan@t...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] implementing bit vectors in OCaml

>  We have a program that is spending a lot of time in set operations,
>  and we're thinking of trying an imperative implementation based on bit vectors.
>  I would hope that the basis of such an implementation would be an array
>  of native integers, but on scrutinizing the manual (espeically the chapter
>  on interfacing to C), I have concluded that such a thing is not possible.
>  Our choices appear to be
>    * An array of native integers, which will be implemented as an array
>      of pointers to native integers, because integers are boxed.
>    * An array of tagged integers, which will be less efficient as
>      dividing by 31 is more expensive than shifting.

You can also lose some space, and use only 16 bits by integer, and the division will be less expensive.

- Fabrice

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