[Rd] Suggestion for serialization performance improvement on Windows
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jul 20 12:45:31 CEST 2010
On Fri, 9 Jul 2010, Bryan W. Lewis wrote:
> Dear R developers,
> The slow performance of serializing to a raw vector on Windows is an
> issue that has appeared in this list before. It appears to be due to
> the frequent use of realloc from the resize_buffer method in
> I suggest a more granular, but still incremental, re-allocation of
> memory. For example change near the top of resize_buffer to:
> R_size_t newsize = needed + 65536 - (needed % 65536);
> or some other similar small multiple of a typical system page size.
for some definition of 'small multiple'
> I have found this to dramatically improve performance of serialization
> to raw vectors on Windows.
However, I didn't and you presented no evidence. On HB's 2008 example
your idea achieved for me a speedup of about 3x. A much better
speedup (15x) was achieved by switching serialize.c to use the
alternative malloc used by memory.c, and using a much larger page size
(e.g. 1Mb) was better still. But changing the re-allocation strategy
resulted in a 150x speed up, to levels comparable to decent operating
systems like Linux and Solaris with the existing code.
(In case it matters, I was using x64 Windows 7.)
Ideally you would have
- given references for your claims
- given examples for why this was too slow for you
- specified an exact patch with performance comparisons for your examples
- given your credentials (see the comment about 'good manners' in the
R posting guide). It is very likely that we would not have been able
to use any patch you supplied without such credentials.
So please test R-devel, and if there is still a problem reply with all
the details omitted here.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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