Because I keep needing to do it, I have become irritated by the
lack of a function in the typed array specification do copy the
partial contents of a JS source array, something like:
void set(type array, optional unsigned long
offset, unsigned long srcOffset, unsigned long count)
The obvious answer is a wrapper but I suspected that a loop of,
e.g, i16array[i] = src[i] in JS would be slower than something
internal to the typed array implementation. I wrote a short test
for this. The result on FF4 is as I expected:
Int16Array.set(2000 byte array) x 100 times took 1ms (400000000 bytes/second).
Int16Array[j] = data[j] 2000 x 100 times took 4ms (100000000 bytes/second).
Int16Array.set(200000 byte array) x 1 times took 1ms (400000000 bytes/second).
Int16Array[j] = data[j] 200000 x 1 times took 4ms (100000000 bytes/second).
To ensure the result is not influenced by smart optimizers the
test is repeated with a longer array and a single iteration. The
bytes copied is the same in each case.
The "wrapper" runs at one quarter the speed of a native
implementation so I think the above described set function is a
badly needed addition to typed arrays.
If the source is a typed array, one can always create another
view or subarray so it is not so important to add a new function
for this case, though there is the issue of the garbage that must
then be collected.
When I ran the same test on Chromium 12.0.717.0 (79525) I got a
very surprising result:
It is surprising for 3 reasons:
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