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Re: [SG14] sizeof_block_metadata function, colony/hive, advice wanted

From: Ben Craig <ben.craig_at_[hidden]>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:46:08 +0000
If you can provide a short, motivational chunk of code that shows how it would be used, then that would make it a lot easier to answer the question about whether it's useful or not. I suspect the function may be providing something that is easy for the implementation to provide, but very hard for a user to use.

I suspect that this is trying to help the user solve an optimization problem, where they are trying to minimize the amount of total memory used for a given range of element counts. If that's the case, then write a short code snippet that either solves, or hints at the solution to that problem.

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> Subject: [EXTERNAL] [SG14] sizeof_block_metadata function, colony/hive,
> advice wanted
> Hi all,
> thinking about including a
> size_type sizeof_block_metadata(const size_t block_size)
> function for colony/hive, as this would allow the user to ascertain the
> amount of memory used by a memory block's metadata in colony (including
> skipfield), given the number of elements stored in that memory block.
> This is less important for colony which is a fixed implementation, more
> important for std::hive which could potentially have many alternative
> implementations and these might not be visible to the user in text form.
> The idea was that if someone knows how much memory is used by each
> block outside of the actual memory used to store the elements, that might
> aid in terms of knowing how much cache space is used by the metadata and
> people might be able to make better decisions about the min/max capacities
> of memory blocks (if they are specifying these manually) on that basis.
> The function would throw an exception if the block_size specified was
> outside the minimum/maximum block capacity ranges.
> My main question to you is whether this function is worth including - as it
> adds yet another function to the codebase.
> Thanks,
> M@
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