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Date: 2006-07-12 (00:48)
From: Jacques Garrigue <garrigue@m...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Performance of immediate objects
From: "Chris King" <colanderman@gmail.com>

> Is there a substantial difference to the way in which
> class foo (i:int) = object
>  val v = i
>  method bar = v
> end
> let mk_foo i = new foo i
> and
> let mk_foo (i:int) = object
>  val v = i
>  method bar = v
> end
> are compiled?  I've run a couple tests with the above and immediate
> objects seem to be about 15% slower than classes.  Is this because a
> new method table is created for the immediate object every time or is
> that the case for classes also?

Certainly not. It would not be a 15% slowdown, but rather 10000%.
Initialization occurs only once, but one needs to check whether it was
done every time an object is created.
However, the 15% slowndown is for bytecode. For native code this is a
15% speedup. Guess which one we try to optimize.

Jacques Garrigue