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Date: 2004-06-10 (15:21)
From: Keith Wansbrough <Keith.Wansbrough@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] 32 bit floats, SSE instructions
> BTW, GHC boxes almost everything, and leaves selective unboxing to the
> optimizer.

I'm not quite sure how you distinguish between "GHC" and "the 
optimizer" here.  GHC is an optimising compiler.

GHC has a pretty good strictness analysis, and anything it can prove is 
needed strictly it will try to unbox.  This generally means that lots 
of things are never boxed.

You can also annotate something (in Haskell) to say "this is strict" - 
this will usually cause it to be unboxed - and in GHC you can also say 
"this must be unboxed" - this will always cause it to be unboxed.

--KW 8-)

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