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From: Yuanchen Zhu <yzhu@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Comparison of OCaml and MLton for numerics
> > > As I can autogenerate my code, I would much rather the OCaml developers
> > > concentrated on things that I cannot get around, like the lack of a
> > > 32-bit float storage type and a more efficient internal representation of
> > > complex numbers.
> >
> > That sounds very interesting. Could you elaborate or give an example?
>
> Complex numbers are unboxed in OCaml. If they were equivalent to a C struct
> then performance would be much better.
>
> OCaml only handles 64-bit floats because there is no point in computing with
> 32-bit floats any more. However, there is point in storing 32-bit floats as,
> when you have a lot of them, your program uses half as much heap and is twice
> as cache coherent. My ray tracer is an excellent example of a program that
> can benefit from this.
>

Umm sorry. I mean the autogeneration part.