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Some definite Improvement

March 6, 2015

The code looks awful to me now but it’s definitely noticeably quicker. I shoehorned in Charles’s idea of a master loop counter/local loop counter to cut down the number of times the inner loops iterate.

In my test harness, the time to convert 1000 4 digit numbers went from 5.6 seconds down to 4.2 seconds.

For smaller numbers the effect may be more noticeable. Yep, the time went down to 3.3 seconds. Factoring the optimized double dabble into the itoa wrapper, the time to prep a 3 digit number for printing went down from 8.9ms to 3.9ms.

That said, the code has become really yucky so unless I can simplify it dramatically i don’t think i’ll put it into production. Having to modify it in a year or so would be a nightmare. The interventions in the code are all tagged with ;mlc

It’s been fun though, so thanks to Charles for the idea.

;experimental binay-ascii conversion using the double-dabble algorithm for 16 bits
;thanks to Charles Richmond for the suggestion and code
;interger is passed in r12
;buffer pointer is passed in r13
;a pointer to the 1st non-zero byte in the buffer is passed back in r15
;r8-11 are used as temps
;r8 is the working pointer
;r15.0 is bit count(32) and the return value register
;r9.0 is digit count
;15-03-06 first optimization prep - need to run both shift and pre-check backwards.
	cpy2 r8,r13 ;buffer address
	pushr r7 ;make r7 avail as master loop counter;mlc
	ldi 1	;mlc
	plo 7	;initialize master loop counter to 1;mlc
	ldi 6	;digit count+1 for trailing 0
	plo r9
$$clrlp:	;clear the passed buffer
	ldi 0	
	str r8	;clear a byte
	inc r8
	dec r9
	glo r9	;check the count
	bnz $$clrlp ;back for more
	dec r8	;back off to terminating 0
	cpy2 r14,r8 ;save end location

	ldi 16	;bit count
	plo r15
;now i'm going to spin off any leading 0's in the binary number
	ghi r12		;get the top bit of the number
	shl		;check for a 1
	bdf $$bitloop	;move on if we have one
	shl2 r12	;shift the input number
	dec r15		;reduce the number of times to shift
	glo r15
	bnz $$cktop	;
	inc r15		;our whole number was 0 but force at least one pass
	glo r7	;mlc
	shr	;mlc
	shr	;mlc
	plo r9
	cpy2 r8,r14 ;point past the units digit
	glo r9	;mlc
	bz $$pastpc ;mlc
	dec r8
	ldn r8 	;pick up a digit
	smi 5	;see if it's greater than 4
	bnf $$dnoadd ;if not, bypass add
	adi 0x08	;add the 5 black and 3 more
	str r8	;put it back
	dec r9	;decrement digit count
	br $$dcklp ;and back for next digit
	bnf $$noincmlc;mlc -- this is an attempt to increment the mlc only if we pre-correct the most significant digit
	inc r7;mlc
$$noincmlc:	;mlc

	inc r7	;mlc --count the shift but the shift is moved to just before the bcd shift loop
	glo r7	;mlc
	adi 3	;mlc
	shr	;mlc
	shr	;mlc
	plo r9

	shl2 r12 ;shift the input number

	cpy2 r8,r14	;point r8 just past the units location - ready to walk back
	dec r8	;walk back from 0's position
	ldn r8	;get the digit back
	shlc	;continue the shift
	phi r15 ;save it for the carry test
	ani 0x0f ;clear the 10 bit
	str r8	;put the digit back
	ghi r15	;now test for carry
	smi 0x10 ; this will make df 1 if the 10 bit is set
	dec r9	;decrement the digit count
	glo r9
	bnz $$dshlp ;back for more if needed
	dec r15
	glo r15
	bnz $$bitloop
	cpy2 r15,r13	;save the starting location of the number
	ldi 5		;digit count again
	plo r9
	cpy2 r8,r13	;point to 1st digit
	ldn r8		;get digit
	ori 0x30	;make ascii
	str r8		;put it back
	inc r8		;next digit
	dec r9		;counter
	glo r9
	bnz $$upnxt	;upgrade all spots
	ldi 4		;max number of 0's to skip
	plo r9		;number of leading 0's to skip
	ldn r15		;check digit
	smi 0x30	;for '0'
	bnz $$done
	inc r15		;next digit
	dec r9		;reduce count
	glo r9
	bnz $$cknext
	popr r7;mlc

***********3 digit numbers********
17:01:30.198> begin itoa
17:01:39.030> done itoa  ******original itoa in C took 8.8 ms/number
17:01:39.030> begin itoadd
17:01:42.967> done itoadd ****** itoa with optimized double dabble took 3.9 ms/number

17:01:43.015> begin dd16
17:01:47.705> done dd16 baseline double dabble 4.7 ms per conversion
17:01:47.705> begin dd16f
17:01:52.701> done dd16f synchronized loop double babble went to 5 ms/conversion
17:01:52.701> begin dd16fo
17:01:56.003> done dd16fo final double dabble using master loop counter took 3.3ms/conversion


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