On the D Blog: Lomuto's Comeback

Iain Buclaw ibuclaw at gdcproject.org
Mon Aug 3 11:08:31 UTC 2020

On 15/05/2020 12:28, Joseph Rushton Wakeling via Digitalmars-d-announce wrote:
> On Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 13:26:23 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
>> After reading a paper that grabbed his curiosity and wouldn't let go, Andrei set out to determine if Lomuto partitioning should still be considered inferior to Hoare for quicksort on modern hardware. This blog post details his results.
>> Blog:
>> https://dlang.org/blog/2020/05/14/lomutos-comeback/
> Nice stuff!
> One curious question -- unless I've misread things horribly, it looks like the D benchmarks for Lomuto branch-free are consistently slower than for C++.  Any idea why that is?  I would expect gcc/gdc and clang/ldc to produce effectively identical results for code like this.

Sorry for the belated response, as far as I can see, gdc and g++ only differ on one line.

    auto delta = smaller & (read - first);

This is lowered as:

    delta = smaller & (read - first) / 8;

However, g++ uses an exact divide operator (semantically that ignores rounding), whereas gdc uses a truncating divide operator (semantically rounds the quotient towards zero).

I'm willing to bet a beer on tweaking pointer subtraction will get gdc in lockstep with g++.

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