Bit Compressed Vector
This project provides a simple implementation of a bit compressed vector. This means, that in contrast ot a bit vector which only captures a series of 0s and 1s this library provides a vector that can store arbitrary numbers. However, the width of value has to be specified.
The goal is to achieve a good compression ratio by keeping up with the sequential scan speed of a std::vector.
The BCV is intended to be a drop-in replacement of
std::vector, however, currently it is only of fixed size and does not support any kind of iterator interface. The access methods to the vector are:
- Index-based subscript
- Multi-get based
The index-based access allows array subscript operator access, however this is
proxy access around the get() / set() methods. Especially the
 as lvalue
might be more expensive than a simple
The multi-get method allows to extract multiple values at once. Here we
differentiate between to versions of the
mget() the first amget will
extract one cache line of compressed values and write them out to a external
storage array. The second version
mget_fixed() will only extract one cache
line of uncompressed values and write them to the external storage. It is important to mention that
mget_fixed() will not perform any range checks on the data, so make sure you extract the right amount of data.
Adding to your Project
To increase the performance of the bit-compressed vector some parts of the bit mask lookups are generated so you have to run
before continuing. Now you can copy everything from pkg/bcv to your project and use it as is.
Currently the performance of the vector is comparable to the
for sequential scans but allowing to save a significant amount of memory
For a vector with 100M elements the sequential scan speed is on a Intel Xeon 7560 and 5 bits stored for 32 bit integers a scan aggregating all values takes:
- get time
- get time
- mget time
- mget fixed time
- vector time
The memory consumption for the vector is ~ 400MB and for the bit compressed vector ~ 60MB.
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