[cp-patches] RFC: InputStreamReader and OutputStreamWriter cleanup

David Daney ddaney at avtrex.com
Thu Jan 4 16:50:13 UTC 2007

Roman Kennke wrote:
> Hi,
> Ingo has done some work to clean up the encoding/decoding in
> InputStreamReader and OutputStreamWriter. Basically it uses NIO buffers
> now at both ends of the encoder or decoder which makes the code more
> clean and hopefully more efficient.
> It also improves the read() and write() methods to avoid allocating
> small temporary arrays on each read/write operation.
> This still passes all Mauve tests for these classes (ok, not so many
> tests there..)
> Any comments? If nobody complains I'll check this in tomorrow.

I don't see how you can claim that it is more efficient.  Do you have 
any numbers to back that claim up?

On most free JVMs that I know of (libgcj), array accesses are much 
faster than the corresponding actions on a java.nio.Buffer.  In theory 
the java.nio.Buffer accesses could be optimized as described here: 
http://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=27982 but I don't think 
anyone is doing this yet.

We have working code.  Cleanup is nice, but I don't want to see it done 
at the expense of making the runtime slower.

My gut feeling is that this patch would make the Reader and Writer 
operations slower.  If you can show that on libgcj that there is no 
difference on a benchmark that moves a lot of data through the changed 
code, then I withdraw my objection.

David Daney

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