As part of my research program into high-speed XML/Unicode/text processing using SIMD techniques, I have experimented extensively with the UTF-8 to UTF-16 conversion problem. I've generally been comparing performance of my software with that of iconv under Linux and Mac OS X. Are there any substantially faster implementations available? Currently our u8u16-0.9 software runs about 3X to 25X faster than iconv depending on platform and data characteristics.
u8u16-0.9 is available as open source software under an OSL 3.0 license at http://u8u16.costar.sfu.ca/ -- Robert D. Cameron, Ph.D. Professor of Computing Science Simon Fraser University -- Linux-UTF8: i18n of Linux on all levels Archive: http://mail.nl.linux.org/linux-utf8/