Ryan, I just tested your pull request, and… it doesn’t make much difference in my example.
One important thing that I realize that I *totally neglected* to mention is that I’m running CS racket here, not BC. Based on my experiments, it appears that 1) CS is much faster than BC for both xml(read-xml) and sxml (ssax:xml->sxml), and 2) CS speeds up sxml more dramatically. Here are the results of running my tests with ryan’s/your PR: pajaro2:/tmp clements> racketcs zz.rkt cpu time: 12858 real time: 15642 gc time: 4242 ssax:warn: warning at position 150: DOCTYPE DECL plist http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd found and skipped cpu time: 2157 real time: 2342 gc time: 332 pajaro2:/tmp clements> racketcs zz.rkt cpu time: 10518 real time: 11248 gc time: 3544 ssax:warn: warning at position 150: DOCTYPE DECL plist http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd found and skipped cpu time: 2183 real time: 2327 gc time: 305 pajaro2:/tmp clements> racketcs zz.rkt cpu time: 10162 real time: 10706 gc time: 3363 ssax:warn: warning at position 150: DOCTYPE DECL plist http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd found and skipped cpu time: 2188 real time: 2325 gc time: 328 (so actually, the first of these was pretty bad. … I suspect that’s a rare occurrence. This broadly matches my first set of timings, which suggests that in racket CS, parsing an 18 Megabyte XML file generated by Apple Music “Export Library…” is about four times faster in sxml than in xml. In BC, by the way, parsing using xml takes about 14 seconds, and parsing using sxml takes about seven. So really, I think maybe the on-the-side takeaway from this is this: CS is much faster than BC in this case. John > On Jun 28, 2020, at 17:30, Ryan Culpepper <rmculpepp...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Thanks Alex for pointing out the use of list->string. I've created a PR > (https://github.com/racket/racket/pull/3275) that changes that code to use > string ports instead (similar to Hendrik's suggestion, but the string port > handles resizing automatically). Could someone (John?) with some large XML > files lying around try the changes and see if they help? > > Ryan > > > On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 9:56 PM Neil Van Dyke <n...@neilvandyke.org> wrote: > If anyone wants to optimize `read-xml` for particular classes of use, > without changing the interface, it might be very helpful to run your > representative tests using the statistical profiler. > > The profiler text report takes a little while of tracing through > manually to get a feel for how to read and use it, but it can be > tremendously useful, and is worth learning to do if you need performance. > > After a first pass with that, you might also want to look at how costly > allocations/GC are, and maybe do some controlled experiments around > that. For example, force a few GC cycles, run your workload under > profiler, check GC time during, and forced time after. If you're > dealing with very large graphs coming out of the parser, I don't know > whether those are enough to matter with the current GC mechanism, but > maybe also check GC time while you're holding onto large graphs, when > you release them, and after they've been collected. At some point, GC > gets hard for at least me to reason about, but some things make sense, > and other things you decide when to stop digging. :) If you record all > your measurements, you can compare empirically the how different changes > to the code affect things, hopefully in representative situations. > > I went through a lot of these exercises to optimize a large system, and > sped up dynamic Web page loads dramatically in the usual case (to the > point we were then mainly limited by PostgreSQL query cost, not much by > the application code in Scheme, nor our request&response network I/O), > and also greatly reduced the pain of intermittent request latency spikes > due to GC. > > One of the hotspots, I did half a dozen very different implementations, > including C extension, and found an old-school pure Scheme > implementation was fastest. I compared the performance of the > implementation using something like `shootout`, but there might be > better ways now in Racket. https://www.neilvandyke.org/racket/shootout/ > I also found we could be much faster if we made a change to what the > algorithm guarantees, since it was more of a consistency check that > turned out to be very expensive and very redundant, due to all the ways > that utility code ended up being used. > > In addition to contrived experiments, I also rigged up a runtime option > so that the server would save data from the statistical profiler for > each request a Web server handled in production. Which was tremendously > useful, since it gave us real-world examples that were also difficult to > synthesize (e.g., complex dynamic queries), and we could go from Web > logs and user feedback, to exactly what happened. > > (In that system I optimized, we used Oleg's SXML tools very heavily > throughout the system, plus some bespoke SXML tools for HTML and XML. > There was one case in which someone had accidentally used the `xml` > module, not knowing it was incompatible with the rest of the system, > which caused some strange failures (no static checking) before it was > discovered, and we changed that code to use SXML.) > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Racket Users" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to racket-users+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To view this discussion on the web visit > https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/racket-users/68624c9a-df35-14a3-a912-df806799a7e0%40neilvandyke.org. > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Racket Users" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to racket-users+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To view this discussion on the web visit > https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/racket-users/CANy33q%3DpZw9EPmZG%2Bdz5cRYMSP17Ofntq9JwFqVVoN8ZhO6POg%40mail.gmail.com. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Racket Users" group. 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