Re: [dev] [RFC] Design of a vim like text editor

From: FRIGN <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:13:38 +0200

On Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:03:55 +0100
Maxime Coste <> wrote:

> Ok, so on a modern processor, data access pattern matters, with your linked list,
> you basically have a cache miss at each access to the next element when you iterate,
> when you use an array, you get linear access in memory, which means you please the
> prefetcher and avoid most cache misses. That effect on performance is huge, and
> in practice largely dominate the algorithmic complexity.

It's always funny to read when people try to game their compiler or processor into
doing something.
In reality, the most modern processors are far from the cache-hit-or-miss-machine
often described even in academic system-theory.
Instead, they _normally_ run and run until they miss cache, so all this fancy
stuff you C++-advocates try to sell us for "better performance" is bullshit.

Of course linked lists come with an overhead and arrays are faster. Nothing
new. But you're wrong in trying to pull in the processor to explain why.



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