[issue3029] free list management - list, dict, set
Andrew I MacIntyre
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Tue Jun 3 13:35:48 CEST 2008
Andrew I MacIntyre <aimacintyre at users.sourceforge.net> added the comment:
Freelist clearing functions for int and float were added by Christian,
and made available to Python code via a function in the sys module. I
don't know who added the freelist clearing functions for the class,
frame, method, tuple and unicode objects, but they are called by
Because the freelist implementations are all static to the relevant type
source files, functions within each object source file seem a reasonable
way of implementing the required functionality.
I don't see the need for them to be part of the public API, but I framed
this patch to fit in with what's already in place.
It is likely that the functionality of this patch is of minor value, and
can thus be rejected.
Indeed, I experimented with ripping out all freelists and making sure
that all types used PyMalloc, and the resulting interpreter is about
6-8% slower on a pybench run (FreeBSD 7.0, gcc 4.2.1, 6% slower on
32bit, 8% slower on 64bit, 64bit is ~15% faster than 32bit in either
case) than the trunk (r63501). Individual micro-benchmarks in pybench
show 15-30% variations between the freelist & no freelist, but this
doesn't seem to significantly affect the running of the whole benchmark.
Issue 2862 is more important IMO, as the current situation has 2
different approaches to accessing freelist management, where I believe
there should only be 1.
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