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Re: Pool allocators, the Next Generation

On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 09:16:00AM +0100, Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:
> Phil Edwards <phil at jaj dot com> writes:
> | A brief progress report:  One experimental version is done and working.
> | It maintains parity in the current allocator settings, and allows us to
> | delete pthread_allocimpl.h entirely.  A new typedef, __gthread_alloc, sits
> | alongside __alloc and __single_client_alloc, with all the major features of
> | pthread_alloc and the added bonus that it follows the --enable-threads=xxx
> | decisions.
> | 
> | Bunch of other cleanups, e.g., more behind-the-scenes stuff moved from
> | std into __gnu_cxx.
> | 
> | The major downside:  There are virtual function calls in the critical path.
> | I still need to do lots of timing tests before I'll even begin to suggest
> | this approach, and even then it would be with a plea for assistance to
> | help get rid of them.
> [Thinking loudly]  If the decision of which allocator category to use
> is made at configure time or compile time, then I will suggest we use
> traits to get rid of the virtual calls. 

Yes, that's the goal.  In fact, that's how I got this far.

The issue is that the default pool allocator is "instanceless" and
using only statics.  The per-thread pool allocator uses per-object data.
Getting to that per-object data required some hoop-jumping.

At some point I plan to convert the virtual calls into non-virtual ones by
using combinations of traits and pointers, but doing so without imposing
a penalty on the default code path is going to be hard.


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