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Efficient Compression of Generic Function Dispatch Tables
Eric Kidd
Dartmouth TR2001-404


A generic function is similar to an overloaded operator, but provides a way to select an appropriate behavior at run-time instead of compile-time. Dujardin and colleagues have proposed an algorithm for building and compressing generic function dispatch tables.

We present several modifications to their algorithm, including an improvement to Pseudo-Closest-Poles and two new algorithms for compressing pole tables. The two new compression algorithms are simple and fast, and one produces smaller output than the original.

Note: Senior Honors Thesis. Advisor: Chris Hawblitzel.

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