On Wed, 23 Oct 2002, Nivedita Singhvi wrote:
> "Richard B. Johnson" wrote:
> > No. It's done over each word (short int) and the actual summation
> > takes place during the address calculation of the next word. This
> > gets you a checksum that is practically free.
> Yep, sorry, word, not byte. My bad. The cost is in the fact
> that this whole process involves loading each word of the data
> stream into a register. Which is why I also used to consider
> the checksum cost as negligible.
> > A 400 MHz ix86 CPU will checksum/copy at 685 megabytes per second.
> > It will copy at 1,549 megabytes per second. Those are megaBYTES!
> But then why the difference in the checksum/copy and copy?
> Are you saying the checksum is not costing you 864 megabytes
> a second??
Costing you 864 megabytes per second?
Lets say the checksum was free. You are then able to INF bytes/per/sec.
So it's costing you INF bytes/per/sec? No, it's costing you nothing.
If we were not dealing with INF, then 'Cost' is approximately 1/N, not
N. Cost is work_done_without_checksum - work_done_with_checksum. Because
of the low-pass filter pole, these numbers are practically the same.
But, you can get a measurable difference between any two large numbers.
This makes the 'cost' seem high. You need to make it relative to make
any sense, so a 'goodness' can be expressed as a ratio of the cost and
the work having been done.
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