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Reports Year : 1997

Compact and Efficient Presentation Conversion Routines


Presentation conversion is a key operation in any development environment for distributed applications, such as Corba, Java-RMI, DCE or ASN.1-based environments. It is also well-known performance bottleneck in high-speed network communication. Presentation conversion code is usually generated by an automatic code generation tool referred to as stub compiler. The quality of the code generated by a stub compiler is often very low. The code is either very slow, or has a large code size, or both. This paper describes the design and experimental evaluation of an optimization stage for a stub compiler. The optimization stage automates the trade-off between code size and execution speed of the code generated by the compiler. This is achieved by using a hybrid of two implementation alternatives for presentation conversion routines (interpreted and procedure-driven code). The optimization problem is modeled as a Knapsack problem. A Markov model in combination with a heuristic branch predictor is used for estimating execution frequencies. The optimization stage is added to the ASN.1 compiler Mavros. Experimental evaluation of this implementation shows that by investing only 25% of the code size of fully optimized code, a performance improvement of 55% to 68% can be achieved.
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inria-00073397 , version 1 (24-05-2006)


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Philipp Hoschka. Compact and Efficient Presentation Conversion Routines. RR-3291, INRIA. 1997. ⟨inria-00073397⟩
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