|from "Optimization - Your Worst Enemy"
||[Mar. 2nd, 2002|02:35 am]
|||||Escaflowne - Poketto wo karanishite||]|
One day we were discussing an algorithm, and it required doing some storage allocation. I was assured that this was unacceptable because storage allocation was very expensive. I said something like "Well, of course, if you use the brain-dead Unix allocator, you're bound to have performance problems. A decent storage allocator makes this a non-issue". One of the people at the meeting immediately challenged me: "I'm sick of hearing you put down Unix. What do you know about storage allocators, anyway?". I said "hold that thought, I'll be right back". I went to my office, where I had a copy of the IDL book, brought it back, and held it open to the chapter labeled "Storage allocation". "See this?" "Yes". "What is the title of this chapter?" "Storage allocation". I closed the book and pointed to the cover. "Recognize this name?" "Yes, of course, that's you". "Fine. I wrote that chapter. It is on how to write a high-performance, minimum-fragmentation storage allocator. So you asked what I know about storage allocation. Well, I wrote the book on it."
I was never again challenged when I put down Unix.
2002-03-02 08:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for that link
His essays are all of quality on that order. Very cool.
Oh um um, it's a quote. I'm not that cool. Joseph Newcomer is that cool.
Incidentally, he's one of the guys who helped get the SEI
started, along with markardis
Ted that totally ruled! Though if you took credit for it personally, I wouldn't have known.
This reminds me of an amusing tale on Atlantis by George Smith where he played the author card when debating the author's intentions regarding his first book.