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[CLJ-1224] Records do not cache hash like normal maps Created: 24/Jun/13  Updated: 06/Oct/14

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: Release 1.8

Type: Enhancement Priority: Major
Reporter: Brandon Bloom Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 11
Labels: defrecord, performance

Attachments: Text File 0001-cache-hasheq-and-hashCode-for-records.patch    
Patch: Code
Approval: Vetted


Records do not cache their hash codes like normal Clojure maps, which affects their performance. This problem has been fixed in CLJS, but still affects JVM CLJ.

Approach: Cache hash values in record definitions, similar to maps.

Patch: 0001-CLJ-1224-cache-hasheq-and-hashCode-for-records.patch

Also see: http://dev.clojure.org/jira/browse/CLJS-281

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 14/Feb/14 5:46 PM ]

I want to point out that my patch breaks ABI compatibility.
A possible approach to avoid this would be to have 3 constructors instead of 2, I can write the patch to support this if desired.

Comment by Stuart Halloway [ 27/Jun/14 11:09 AM ]

The patch 0001-CLJ-1224-cache-hasheq-and-hashCode-for-records.patch is broken in at least two ways:

  • The fields __hash and __hasheq are adopted by new records created by .assoc and .without, which will cause those records to have incorrect (and likely colliding) hash values
  • The addition of the new fields breaks the promise of defrecord, which includes an N+2 constructor taking meta and extmap. With the patch, defrecords get an N+4 constructor letting callers pick hash codes.

I found these problems via the following reasoning:

  • Code has been touched near __extmap
  • Grep for all uses of __extmap and see what breaks
Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 27/Jun/14 2:53 PM ]

Patch 0001-cache-hasheq-and-hashCode-for-records.patch fixes both those issues, reintroducing the N+2 arity constructor

Comment by Alex Miller [ 27/Jun/14 4:08 PM ]

Questions addressed, back to Vetted.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 29/Aug/14 4:32 PM ]

All patches dated Jun 7 2014 and earlier no longer applied cleanly to latest master after some commits were made to Clojure on Aug 29, 2014. They did apply cleanly before that day.

I have not checked how easy or difficult it might be to update this patch.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 29/Aug/14 4:40 PM ]

Would be great to get this one updated as it's otherwise ready to screen.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 29/Aug/14 4:58 PM ]

Updated patch to apply to lastest master

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