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On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 12:53, Mike Pall <> wrote:
> Leo Razoumov wrote:
>> When one calls back from C into Lua using conventional lua_call(...)
>> does LuaJIT2 traces and optimizes the lua function call?
> The problem is with the Lua/C API, the overhead is in the API
> itself, not in any Lua code. The C to Lua transition is even more
> costly than the Lua to C transition. I can't change the Lua C/API,
> but you can stop using it.
> In other words: don't do this in performance sensitive parts of
> your applications. Write everything in Lua. And if you must, then
> put C functionality in libraries callable from the FFI.
> --Mike

C functionality I need is already inside a C library, but in order to
calculate a quadrature (definite integral) the C function takes a
callback which is a wrapper around a Lua function. Call chain becomes
essentially Lua->C->Lua and one of the Lua functions is inside a tight

One way to avoid C<->Lua transitions is to re-implement large portions
of the numeric C library in pure Lua. This is, indeed, possible but
not practical, for it takes lots of time implementing/optimizing and,
above all, testing the code. In numerics people are still using
packages from 70-s (Fortran) and are quite happy with them.

I am probably asking for too much, but is it possible to call into Lua
without explicit stack manipulations at least for some simple calling