[gambit-list] Viewing CPS expansion?

D.McClain dbm at asyrmatos.com
Fri May 22 11:07:26 EDT 2009

I have speculated for some time now too, after experiments with CPS  
based compilers on a number of occasions, that the slowdown must be  
due to two things:

1. All functions are now forced to accommodate the continuation  
parameter, whereas before a large majority of functions where niladic  
or unary operations,

2. The creation of the continuation arguments requires the production  
of a closure, which is inherently somewhat expensive.

My own work has consistently shown a 30% slowdown, independent of  
actual language of implementation -- be it Scheme, Lisp, or OCaml.

Dr. David McClain
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On May 22, 2009, at 06:51, Alex Queiroz wrote:

> Hallo,
> On 5/22/09, Marc Feeley <feeley at iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:
>>  On 21-May-09, at 4:54 PM, James Long wrote:
>>> `gsc' supports -expansion, but it seems to show the basic expansion
>>> into normalized gambit code.  Is there any way to show the fully
>>> CPS-transformed forms of the code?
>> Nope.  Gambit does not transform code to CPS style.
>      Also more of a curiosity, why? Is CPS irremediably slower? I've
> been reading a lot about compiling lately...
> Cheers,
> -- 
> -alex
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