Optimal struct layout template?

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at erdani.org
Mon Dec 15 11:48:55 PST 2008

Sergey Gromov wrote:
> Sun, 14 Dec 2008 13:17:45 -0800, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>> BCS wrote:
>>> Reply to dsimcha,
>>>> According to the spec, data stored in structs is guaranteed to be laid
>>>> out in the order specified in the source code.  While this is
>>>> necessary in some low-level code, I have a use case where I need to
>>>> pack structs as efficiently as possible.  These structs are to be
>>>> stored in an array, and for efficiency reasons I want to store them
>>>> directly rather than storing pointers, so using classes is out of the
>>>> question.  Does anyone know how to write a template that, given a
>>>> tuple of types, will reorder the tuple so that it will produce the
>>>> optimal struct layout?  I don't care, at least for now, if it assumes
>>>> x86-32/DMD instead of handling the more general case.
>>> would "align 1" work?
>> That could make things excruciatingly slow. What's really needed is (in 
>> first approximation) to sort the members in decreasing order of size. 
>> Odd-sized arrays of char foil this plan to some extent, which is where 
>> the fun begins.
> I would say in decreasing order of field/array element alignment
> requirement.

Sounds indeed right. Even simpler than I thought!


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