[Python-Dev] PATCH submitted: Speed up + for string concatenation, now as fast as "".join(x) idiom
Nicko van Someren
nicko at nicko.org
Sun Oct 8 01:01:11 CEST 2006
On 7 Oct 2006, at 09:17, Fredrik Lundh wrote:
> Nicko van Someren wrote:
>> If it speeds up pystone by 5.5% with such minimal down side
>> I'm hard pressed to see a reason not to use it.
> can you tell me where exactly "pystone" does string concatenations?
No, not without more in depth examination, but it is a pretty common
operation in all sorts of cases including inside the interpreter.
Larry's message in reply to Gregory Smith's request for a pystone
score showed a 5.5% improvement and as yet I have no reason to doubt
it. If the patch provides a measurable performance improvement for
code that merely happens to use strings as opposed to being
explicitly heavy on string addition then all the better.
It's clear that this needs to be more carefully measured before it
goes in (which is why that quote above starts "If"). As I've
mentioned before in this thread, getting good performance measures on
code that does lazy evaluation is often tricky. pystone is a good
place to start but I'm sure that there are use cases that it does not
As for counting up the downsides, Josiah Carlson rightly points out
that it breaks binary compatibility for modules, so the change can
not be taken lightly and clearly it will have to wait for a major
release. Still, if the benefits outweigh the costs it seems worth
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