Need for Speed pps

Mark Smith mark at maseurope.net
Mon Jul 16 18:25:41 CDT 2007


I think that when you refer to each line in a field as part of the  
repeat command, like

repeat for each line tLine in field "someField"

you are effectively  placing the field's text into some internal  
variable that is part of the engine's looping mechanism. I don't know  
this for sure, but it seems as if something like that is happening.  
What tends to really slow things down in a long loop is referring to  
a field (or a chunk of a field) inside a loop, like

repeat 10000
   put field "someField" into someVar
end repeat

And in the light of what I just found with building big lists, how  
big is your final output file? I think the speed gain from 'append'  
only applies once the list gets really big.

best,

Mark

On 16 Jul 2007, at 22:35, Beynon, Rob wrote:

> Another round of interesting suggestions...thanks to all...
>
> Apart from the database solution, I tried some of the others which  
> I had the skill to implement -
>
>
>
> 1.	Write data to a file instead of a variable
> 2.	Read search data into a variable from a field
>
>
>
> I set up a search of 10,000 queries against 16,000 targets - maybe  
> 100million comparisons
>
>
>
> Using a file append rather than putting data after a variable:
>
> 4min 57sec using a variable (put)
>
> 4min 31sec using a file (write)
>
>
>
> Reading the input search list from a field into a variable
>
> 4min 57sec using a variable (put) with no pre-read of input field
>
> 4min 57sec using a variable (put) with pre-read of input field
>
>
>
> So, reading from a field makes no difference, and the gain in  
> writing to a file rather than pitting to a variable is also modest  
> (about 10% gain)
>
>
>
> Apart from the fact that I'm still processing about 20million  
> comparisons a minute, which is impressive anyway, it seems as  
> though there are no immediate ways of enhancing processing speed.
>
>
>
> Off now to read up on SQL databases...
>
> Rob
>
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