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Assorted Rants Tagged ‘C/C++’, page 1:

Some Big-Os are Bigger Than Others

Quote: “Strictly speaking, for real-world computers, every algorithm which completes in a finite time can be said to be O(1)
Another Quote: “now the difference because of unfortunate ‘jumps’ over (uncached at the time) memory can lead to a 100x+ (!) performance difference. However, it is still O(1) and is rarely taken into account during performance analysis”
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Implementing Queues for Event-Driven Programs

Quote: “full queues SHOULD NOT happen during normal operation”
Another Quote: “With queues-implemented-over-mutexes like the ones we’ve written above, the most annoying thing performance-wise is that there is a chance that the OS’s scheduler can force the preemptive context switch right when the thread-being-preempted-is-owning-our-mutex.”
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C++ Guidelines – Made-to-Measure vs One-Size-Fits-All

Abstract: “After bashing all those Big Name guys for making those over-arching sets of guidelines, it is perfectly logical for me myself to do the same 😉”
Quote: “DON’T use C-style cast, EVER. If you DO need a cast – DO spend time on figuring out which of C++ *_cast<>s you really mean (and maybe, you’ll find a way to avoid that cast at all)”
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C++ Performance: Common Wisdoms and Common “Wisdoms”

Quote: “over(ab)using C++ features is a different story, we’ll discuss these features below on case-by-case basis”
Another Quote: “Compiler will use all its Next-to-Divine Wisdom to show you that it is smarter than you are, and to ignore most of those inline specifications you carefully wrote.”
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C++ for Games: Performance. Allocations and Data Locality

Abstract: “Allocations and related lack of spatial locality can be DAMN EXPENSIVE”
Quote: “During the times of Ancient Gamers (also known as times of Atari, ZX Spectrum, and Commodore64), CPUs were running at clock speed of a single-MHz (and one operation usually took several clocks). At the same time, memory run at about the speed comparable to that of CPUs.”
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