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On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM, David Kastrup <> wrote:
> Alex Queiroz <> writes:
>>      Sometimes I wonder how plain Lua can be so fast sticking only to
>> standard ANSI C. That's an achievement. For instance, the VM dispatch
>> uses the C switch statement, which is known to be slow.
> Huh?  Why would it be "known to be slow"?  Have you taken a look at the
> kind of code it generates?

     The standards-compliant switch statement must emit code to check
interval range. This code kills the CPU predictor and causes severe
pipeline flushing.