[MUD-Dev] Naming and Directories?

Nathan F Yospe yospe at hawaii.edu
Mon Mar 15 13:29:44 CET 1999

On Mon, 15 Mar 1999, Ola Fosheim [iso-8859-1] Gr=F8stad wrote:

:Nathan F Yospe wrote:

:> of looking up words. My implementation was similar, except that I had an
:> extra level of switching when the wordbag got small... a bag that was at
:> least seven links full had the 26 branches, but the smaller ones had the
:> optimization of holding no empty links, and rapid-checking the links. In
:> testing, I'd found this became faster than the array-indexing at smaller
:> sizes, for some reason. I still haven't a clue as to why this would come
:> to be...

:You didn't happen to test this with a tight loop? If you did, then it
:most likely was caused by the the non-array implementation being held in
:the primary cache which is usually small (8K on a Pentium). Caches are
:very sensitive to non-continuous hits. This does of course not matter at
:all if the cache was wiped by some intermediate code anyway. Something I
:would expect to be the case for real life user-name lookups.

This was, IIRC, on a 1st generation PPC 601, no L2 cache, 16k primary, I
think. The test was a tight loop, and you may be entirely correct. There
should be better performance with the array indexing, and I was a little
puzzled by the results. I think I said elsewhere in the original that it
was probably a primary cache issue.

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