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[CLJ-1376] Initialize internal maps to more efficient version Created: 11/Mar/14  Updated: 11/Mar/14

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.6
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Enhancement Priority: Major
Reporter: Alex Miller Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 2
Labels: performance


In reviewing some hashing stuff, I noticed that there are many places internal to Clojure that use maps initialized with PersistentHashMap.EMPTY. Many of these maps are likely to have a small number of entries such that a PersistentArrayMap might be more efficient.

These are the candidates:

19:private volatile IPersistentMap watches = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;

3009:				IPersistentMap m = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
3819:					       KEYWORDS, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY,
3820:					       VARS, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY,
3964:	IPersistentMap closes = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
3977:	IPersistentMap keywords = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
3978:	IPersistentMap vars = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
5121:                            ,CLEAR_SITES, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY
7259:			       KEYWORDS, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY,
7260:			       VARS, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY
7418:			IPersistentMap opts = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
7475:			IPersistentMap fmap = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
7522:					       KEYWORDS, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY,
7523:					       VARS, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY,
7912:                            ,CLEAR_SITES, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY

755:					RT.map(GENSYM_ENV, PersistentHashMap.EMPTY));

39:	this.methodTable = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
41:	this.preferTable = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;
49:		methodTable = methodCache = preferTable = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;

48:	final static Frame TOP = new Frame(PersistentHashMap.EMPTY, null);
175:	setMeta(PersistentHashMap.EMPTY);
341:	IPersistentMap ret = PersistentHashMap.EMPTY;

Approach: Two possible approaches - initialize to PersistentArrayMap.EMPTY or call RT.map(). The latter requires function invocation so is slightly slower, but has the benefit of localizing map construction into a single place.

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