[gambit-list] Little debugging help?

Marc Feeley feeley at iro.umontreal.ca
Wed Jan 16 14:59:14 EST 2013

On 2013-01-12, at 7:40 PM, Bradley Lucier <lucier at math.purdue.edu> wrote:

> Marc:
> I have some ideas for speeding up some of the algorithms in _num.scm, but my first attempt at something is going awry and I can't fathom it; I'm beginning to thing that there might be a compiler error (quelle horreur!), or an error in reporting how much memory is allocated.
> I've written a new naive-div, called, oddly enough, naive-div-new, that is supposed to allocate much less memory when two large bignums of roughly the same size are divided.  It relies on a new routine, ##bignum.arithmetic-shift-into!.
> naive-div-new has two new arguments, to say whether we want to keep (not overwrite) the dividend and whether we need a quotient.  If we don't need a quotient and we're allowed to overwrite the dividend, then I think the routine should allocate 24 bytes on a 64-bit machine with 32-bit mdigits.  It calls ##bignum.normalize!, but that doesn't allocate any memory.
> However, time is reporting that 240 bytes are allocated.  Even accounting for the fact that time's report might double the number of bytes allocated, as explained in your previous e-mail, I don't see anywhere near 240 bytes allocated.

After examining your program, I notice that the call to ##cons at the end of the code is in a loop (and is called 4 times).  My guess is that you expected this call to ##cons to only happen once.  This is probably because you did not nest your loops properly, so the call to ##cons which you expect to be a tail call, actually isn't.


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