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From: William F Pokorny
Subject: Initial attempt at timing POV-Ray keywords / functions.
Date: 16 Sep 2021 09:56:12
Message: <61434cfc$1@news.povray.org>
Elsewhere, during the discussion related to the 'now' keyword, I floated 
the idea of using the parser with povr's f_clock() as a way to measure 
the relative cost of various keywords, patterns, shapes and functions.

Using Tor Olav Kristensen's array statistics include as updated for v3.8 
and jr's Tabulated() include (thank you both!), I've got an initial pass 
of some timing test code going.

In the attached image the rows above the null row are measuring the cost 
of calling things from the parser itself. Of note, the f_null() function 
is close to the simplest inbuilt function possible. All it does is 
multiply a single passed float by 0.0, returning zero. In that row I'm 
trying to gauge the relative cost of the call from the parser to any 
inbuilt function - the overhead for the function call itself.

Below the null row measuring the cost of some functions as if they are 
being called from within the vm. Closer to the isosurface / parametric 
relative cost.

Aside: Because timing was done with a version of the povr branch with 
the extra debugging and assertions turned on, the cost of the var() 
parser function is inflated. I added a chunk of extra assertion and user 
  debug-aid code there - and it's active.

Bill P.


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