[fpc-devel] Blackfin support

Hans-Peter Diettrich DrDiettrich1 at aol.com
Wed Jul 14 14:00:29 CEST 2010

Michael Schnell schrieb:
>  On 07/13/2010 11:18 PM, Hans-Peter Diettrich wrote:
>> When we rely on an OS file chache, we can read all files entirely into 
>> memory, instead of using buffered I/O.
> Loading the complete file instead of parts of it would do unnecessary 
> memory copies.

How that? Of course the entire file uses more address space than a 
smaller buffer, but when the file is parsed, the same number of bytes 
must be copied to local memory in either case.

And when the entire file sits in memory, the scanner and parser 
operations can be optimized for much higher speed, by e.g. removing 
unnecessary address calculations, bounds checks and string copies.

> In fact I suppose using file mapping instead of read (and maybe write)  
> should improve speed in many cases.

Therefore my question about a platform independent solution for MMF.

At least we could implement a MMF (source) file class, that emulates 
this feature on platforms without MMF support. Support also could be 
restricted to map only entire files, for the compiler - otherwise the 
management of mapping windows would degrade the achievable performance.


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