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From Gregory Shimansky <gshiman...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [drlvm] the big soup of VM properties (HARMONY-1626)
Date Tue, 10 Oct 2006 21:36:48 GMT
On Tuesday 10 October 2006 11:36 Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> Inline
> Dmitry Yershov wrote:
> [snip]
> >                        VM properties proposal
> >                        ======================
> >
> >     The general purpose of VM Properties subcomponent is to provide
> > centralized access to a common properties table. A property is meant
> > as a pair of <key> and <value>. The properties stored in VM Properties
> > table represent configuration settings for a separate component (such
> > as VMCore, GC, JIT etc) or for the whole system. Another use case for
> > the properties is communication between different components.
> >
> >                             Requirements
> >                             ============
> >
> >     1) The <key> and <value> are represented as string (i.e. char*).
> and I propose that on each operation, a copy is made, so that the caller
>    frees the  string that they got or gave.

Hmm... I thought of another type. VM has a String class which represents an 
internal strings implementation. String pointers all refer to the same 
interned const char * memory location so comparing them is faster, you just 
compare pointers.

Would it be better to have key and value be String * instead of const char *? 
It would save memory allocation, copying and comparing and lookup in 
properties hash table could be done using a pointer.

I don't think it is a very performance critical place, properties aren't 
accessed very often, but at least it may reduce memory footprint and will 
cause less memory leaks when someone forgets to free a returned copy.

On the other hand, String storage is global to the whole VM, so there are tons 
of strings kept inside of it. Lookup inside of a small hash table like 
properties may be much faster than lookup through all the strings that VM 
keeps... Hmm now I am not sure I want to suggest this way, just want it to be 

Gregory Shimansky, Intel Middleware Products Division

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