[Rd] [External] Re: Any plans for ALTREP lists (VECSXP)?
|uke-t|erney @end|ng |rom u|ow@@edu
Wed Jul 24 17:25:01 CEST 2019
If one of you wanted to try to create a patch to support ALTREP
generic vectors here are some notes:
The main challenge I am aware of (there might be others): Allowing
DATAPTR to return a writable pointer would be too dangerous because
the GC write barrier needs to see all mutations. So it would be best
if Dataptr and Dataptr_or_null methods were not allowed to be
defined. The default methods in altrep.c should do the right think.
A reasonable name for the abstract class would be 'altlist'.
'altrep' methods that a class can provide:
Unserialize or UnserializeEX
Duplicate or DuplicateEx
'altvec' methods a class should provide:
'altlist' specific methods:
On Tue, 23 Jul 2019, Gabriel Becker wrote:
> Hi Kylie,
> Is it a list with only numerics in it? (I only see REALSXPs there, but
> obviously inspect isn't showing all of them). If so, you could load it up
> into one big vector and then also keep partitioning information around.
> Bioconductor does this (see ?IRanges::CompressedList ). The potential
> benefit here being that the underlying large vector could then be a big
> out-of-memory altrep. How helpful this would be depends somewhat on what
> you want to do with it, of course, but it is something that comes to mind.
> Also, I would expect some overhead but that seems like a lot (without
> having done super much in the way of benchmarking). What exactly is
> as.altrep doing?
> On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 9:54 AM Michael Lawrence via R-devel <
> r-devel using r-project.org> wrote:
>> Hi Kylie,
>> As an alternative in the short term, you could consider deriving from
>> S4Vector's List class, implementing the getListElement() method to
>> lazily create the objects.
>> On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 9:09 AM Bemis, Kylie <k.bemis using northeastern.edu>
>>> I was wondering if there were any plans for ALTREP lists (VECSXP)?
>>> It seems to me that they could be supported in a similar way to how
>> ALTSTRING works, with Elt() and Set_elt() methods, or would there be some
>> problems with that I’m not seeing due to lists not being atomic vectors?
>>> I was taking an approach of converting each list element (of a
>> file-based list data structure) to an ALTREP representation to build up an
>> “ALTREP list”.
>>> This seems fine for shorter lists with large elements, but I noticed
>> that for longer lists with smaller elements, this could be far more
>> time-consuming than simply reading the entire list into memory and
>> returning a non-ALTREP list:
>>> <34840 length> matter_list :: out-of-memory list
>>> (1.1 MB real | 543.3 MB virtual)
>>>> system.time(y <- as.list(x))
>>> user system elapsed
>>> 1.116 2.175 5.053
>>>> system.time(z <- as.altrep(x))
>>> user system elapsed
>>> 36.295 4.717 41.216
>>> @108255000 19 VECSXP g1c7 [MARK,NAM(7)] (len=34840, tl=0)
>>> @7f9044d9fc00 14 REALSXP g1c7 [MARK] (len=1129, tl=0)
>>> @7f9044d25e00 14 REALSXP g1c7 [MARK] (len=890, tl=0)
>>> @7f9044da6000 14 REALSXP g1c7 [MARK] (len=1878, tl=0)
>>> @7f9031a6b000 14 REALSXP g1c7 [MARK] (len=2266, tl=0)
>>> @7f9031a77a00 14 REALSXP g1c7 [MARK] (len=1981, tl=0)
>>> @108210000 19 VECSXP g1c7 [MARK,NAM(7)] (len=34840, tl=0)
>>> @7f904eea7660 14 REALSXP g1c0 [MARK,NAM(7)] matter vector (mode=4,
>> len=1129, mem=0)
>>> @7f9050347498 14 REALSXP g1c0 [MARK,NAM(7)] matter vector (mode=4,
>> len=890, mem=0)
>>> @7f904d286b20 14 REALSXP g1c0 [MARK,NAM(7)] matter vector (mode=4,
>> len=1878, mem=0)
>>> @7f904fd38820 14 REALSXP g1c0 [MARK,NAM(7)] matter vector (mode=4,
>> len=2266, mem=0)
>>> @7f904c75ce90 14 REALSXP g1c0 [MARK,NAM(7)] matter vector (mode=4,
>> len=1981, mem=0)
>>> In this situation, it would be much faster and simpler for me to return
>> a theoretical ALTREP list that serves SEXP elements on-demand, similar to
>> how ALTSTRING seems to be implemented.
>>> I don’t know how many other people would get a use out of ALTREP lists,
>> but I certainly would.
>>> Are there any plans for this?
>>> Kylie Ariel Bemis
>>> Khoury College of Computer Sciences
>>> Northeastern University
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