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  1. So I have a few lines of code I want to optimize for speed. Have some ideas what I can do, but I'm also very interested seeing what the community comes up with... The code is used for reorganizing my TiVi editor index when I delete a line in the editor. Note that when I reorganize the index, I make sure that the index pages form a continuous memory region, so I don't have to worry about mapping pages or anything. That's already been taken care of. The index can grow up to 5 SAMS pages mapped to (>b000 to >ffff) for 10240 lines of text. ok, Here's what I would do: Copy code to scratchpad and work from there for reducing wait states Reduce loop counter overhead by putting multiple mov instructions in a single loop, say 8 Look at the fastest mov instructions (only use registers?) What else could be done for faster access? Note that in the code fragment tmp0=R4, tmp1=R5, tmp2=R6 and so on. *************************************************************** * _idx.entry.delete.reorg * Reorganize index slot entries *************************************************************** * bl @_idx.entry.delete.reorg *-------------------------------------------------------------- * Remarks * Private, only to be called from idx_entry_delete *-------------------------------------------------------------- _idx.entry.delete.reorg: ;------------------------------------------------------ ; Reorganize index entries ;------------------------------------------------------ ! mov @idx.top+2(tmp0),@idx.top+0(tmp0) inct tmp0 ; Next index entry dec tmp2 ; tmp2-- jne -! ; Loop unless completed b *r11 ; Return to caller *////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// * TiVi Editor - Index Management *////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// *************************************************************** * Size of index page is 4K and allows indexing of 2048 lines * per page. * * Each index slot (word) has the format: * +-----+-----+ * | MSB | LSB | * +-----|-----+ LSB = Pointer offset 00-ff. * * MSB = SAMS Page 00-ff * Allows addressing of up to 256 4K SAMS pages (1024 KB) * * LSB = Pointer offset in range 00-ff * * To calculate pointer to line in Editor buffer: * Pointer address = edb.top + (LSB * 16) * * Note that the editor buffer itself resides in own 4K memory range * starting at edb.top * * All support routines must assure that length-prefixed string in * Editor buffer always start on a 16 byte boundary for being * accessible via index. ***************************************************************
  2. I'm using my HDR ramdisk a lot while developing my TiVi editor. It's a real time saver. It's especially helpful when dealing with large files (which is kinda my primary purpose why I started working on TiVi). Today I read the updated documenation the InsaneMultitasker provided as draft. In there I learned that with ROS it's possible to use data buffers that reside in CPU RAM insead of VDP RAM. That is something I really want to try, because even with a RAMDISK reading a large file (think >100 kilobytes) takes some time. Now my challenge is; How can I easily detect from assembly language if I'm dealing with a "high-speed" disk device compared to a "slow" disk device ("floppy"). With a high-speed device I mean: CF7+, Nanopeb TIPI HDR ... I see differents possible paths here: CRC checksum on DSR space (but won't work with RAMBOS? Self modifiying code, configuration stored here too?) Check on some specific device feature? Actually I think that the CRC checksum logic would work quite well (I already did a test program on that about a year ago), but I'm not sure about HDR. Thinking about it would be cool if there is some unified way to detect device capabilities accross devices. For example a standard where there's a device "capabilities" file that is automatically created when the device is formatted. That file could then be processed from TI-Basic, assembly language or any other language supporting file I/O. Any ideas?
  3. I'm currently implementing file access in my TiVi editor. The editor is designed to run in 80 columns mode. My question is what text file formats should be supported? I mean DIS/VAR 80 for sure. But are there editors out there that support other file formats as well. Does it make sense to implement scrolling in the editor so that I can let say open a file with 255 record length and show it on a single line with scrolling? Any opinions on that?
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