[Ecls-list] Upcoming optimization of slot accessors

Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll juanjose.garciaripoll at googlemail.com
Fri Dec 16 10:25:18 UTC 2011

I am experimenting with a very simple optimization that replaces the
discriminating function of slot accessors based on the following criteria:

- The generic function should only contain methods of the type
- The methods should be specialized on classes whose metaclass is
- The optimization assumes that under those circumstances the user is not
allowed to extend the slot-value-using-class method (according to AMOP) and
thus the slot accessor can avoid calling slot-value.
- If all this applies, the discriminating function finds out the slot that
has to be read and its location (both are cached in a thread-local hash)
and reads/writes to the slot.

The preliminary figures cut down the execution time in FPRINT/PRETTY
(gabriel's benchmark) by 50%.

To the MOP experts here, does this all sound reasonable?


P.S.: My idea is also to add compute-discriminating-function generic
functions to ECL.

Instituto de Física Fundamental, CSIC
c/ Serrano, 113b, Madrid 28006 (Spain)
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