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optimization of partial applications #5287

vicuna opened this issue Jun 10, 2011 · 1 comment

optimization of partial applications #5287

vicuna opened this issue Jun 10, 2011 · 1 comment


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@vicuna vicuna commented Jun 10, 2011

Original bug ID: 5287
Reporter: @lefessan
Assigned to: @xavierleroy
Status: closed (set by @xavierleroy on 2012-09-25T18:06:17Z)
Resolution: fixed
Priority: normal
Severity: minor
Platform: all
OS: all
OS Version: all
Version: 3.12.0
Fixed in version: 3.13.0+dev
Category: ~DO NOT USE (was: OCaml general)
Parent of: #5933
Monitored by: @ygrek @jberdine "Julien Signoles" @hcarty @alainfrisch

Bug description

Partial applications like (f x) where f has arity greater than 3 are expensive, since every application will lead to a closure allocation for each intermediary argument. Moreover, such functions are not inlined anymore.

This patch fixes these two behaviors:

  • in, caml_curry functions are modified so that they can be applied directly, when all the remaining arguments are provided. No allocation anymore for intermediate arguments.
  • in, partial applications are detected, and, when the true arity of the function is known, an eta-expansion is performed.


  • since approximations of arguments are lost during applications, the optimization is less interesting than with the patch I sent by email, but its complexity is unchanged (the "planck" parser of Jun could trigger an exponential complexity due to the recursive call to "close")
  • approximations are not known for external functions when they are bigger than the inlining threshold, so the transformation cannot be triggered for them, although it would be interesting.

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@vicuna vicuna commented Jun 12, 2011

Comment author: @xavierleroy

Patch applied in SVN trunk. We'll see how it goes.

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