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Re: mirage + ocaml4

On 12 Dec 2012, at 13:43, Pierre Chambart <pierre.chambart@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Le Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:34:04 +0000,
> Anil Madhavapeddy <anil@xxxxxxxxxx> a écrit :
>> One performance crime that I noticed is the Cstruct.blit_string
>> function, which does a byte-by-byte copy from a string to a
>> Bigarray.  Pierre, do you have any thoughts on how to improve this?
>> A faster blit between them would be quite useful.
> Of course it is possible to do a memcopy like for copy_string. I can do
> this patch later today.

Thanks!  I think that's the last of the very bad byte-by-byte cases in 
cstruct; it's pretty decent now.

> I noticed that the type t is public. This may be a good idea to make it
> private in the mli to avoid dangerous usage. And you should then add
> with that a cast function checking that the bounds are effectively
> correct.
> type t = private {
>  buffer: buffer;
>  off : int;
>  len : int;
> }
> val check: buffer -> off:int -> len:int -> t

Right; this is actually in the TODO as well.  What I want is a way to
attach a bigarray and have it bounds checked *once* (for the total size
of the cstruct that has been declared), and then have all the various
internal functions use unsafe accesses.

That should be possible in Cstruct.of_bigarray and Cstruct.create, with
the check function above added.




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