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1 point by almkglor 5866 days ago | link | parent

It seems that 'many is the low-hanging fruit of optimization. I've since gotten an 8-paragraph lorem ipsum piece, totalling about 5k, which renders in 3-4 seconds (about around 3800msec).

Hmm. Profiler.

I'm not 100% sure but maybe the fact that nearly all the composing parsers decompose the return value of sub-parsers, then recompose the return value, might be slowing it down? Maybe have parsers accept an optional return value argument, which 'return will fill in (instead of creating its own) might reduce significantly the memory consumption (assuming it's GC which is slowing it down)?

mockup:

  (def parser-function (remaining (o retval (list nil nil nil)))
    (....)
    (return parsed li actions retval))

  (def many-r (parser remaining acc act-acc (o retval (list nil nil nil)))
      (while (parse parser remaining retval)
        ; parsed
        (lconc acc (copy (car retval)))
        ; actions
        (lconc act-acc (copy (car:cdr:cdr retval)))
        (= remaining (car:cdr scratch)))
      (return (car acc) remaining (car act-acc) retval))
Removing 'actions might help too - we can now use just a plain 'cons cell, with car == parsed and cdr == remaining.


1 point by raymyers 5866 days ago | link

I tried taking out actions for the heck of it. Removing them yields roughly a 30% speed increase on this benchmark:

  (time (do ((many anything) (range 1 5000)) nil))
Using the following method, we can keep actions as a feature but still get the 30% speedup when we don't use them.

  (def many (parser)
    "Parser is repeated zero or more times."
    (fn (remaining) (many-r parser remaining (tconc-new) nil)))

  (def many-r (parser li acc act-acc)
    (iflet (parsed remaining actions) (parse parser li)
           (many-r parser remaining
                   (lconc acc (copy parsed))
                   (if actions (join act-acc actions) act-acc))
           (return (car acc) li act-acc)))
Not bad, but still not as fast as we'd want for processing wiki formatting on the fly...

ed: Yes. act-acc, not (car act-acc).

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1 point by almkglor 5866 days ago | link

Hmm. If you remove 'actions, how about also trying to use just a single 'cons cell:

  (iflet (parsed . remaining) (parse parser remaining)
    ...)

  (def return (parsed remaining)
    (cons parsed remaining))
?

If the speed increase is that large on that testbench, it might very well be due to garbage collection.

This might be an interesting page for our problem here ^^

http://www.valuedlessons.com/2008/03/why-are-my-monads-so-sl...

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1 point by raymyers 5866 days ago | link

Tried changing the list to a single cons cell. I did not see any additional performance boost.

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1 point by almkglor 5866 days ago | link

  (def many-r (parser li acc act-acc)
    (iflet (parsed remaining actions) (parse parser li)
           (many-r parser remaining
                   (lconc acc (copy parsed))
                   (if actions (join act-acc actions) act-acc))
           (return (car acc) li (car act-acc))))
s/(car act-acc)/act-acc maybe?

Personally I don't mind losing 'actions, it does seem that 'filt would be better ^^.

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1 point by almkglor 5866 days ago | link

I tested this on my 8-paragraph 5000-char lorem ipsum page, and the run dropped down to about 3400msec (from 3800 msec).

Hmm. Not sure where the slow down is now ^^

I've tried my "retval" suggestion and it's actually slower, not faster. So much for not creating new objects T.T;

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