Please keep in mind that ActiveJ Specializer is an experimental project, use it cautiously. It doesn't support lambda expressions and may have difficulties with specializing non-trivial instances.
We took this Parsec calculator tutorial and adapted it a little bit for ActiveJ Specializer. In the original tutorial Parsec returns parsed expressions as double values:
ActiveJ Specializer shows its bests with tree-like data structures. So we will parse expressions to AST:
Assume we have a simple equation
3 + 2 * 4. According to the parser, the following AST will be created:
Let's test Specializer out:
ActiveJ Specializer transforms the AST to a set of static final classes with baked-in values of the provided equation. JIT heavily optimizes and inlines these classes while runtime. As a result, we receive an optimized expression instance that can be reused in case we calculate an equation with an unknown value several times.
It's time for some benchmarks. Let's try to process an equation
((2 + 2 * 2) * -x) + 5 + 1024 / (100 + 58) * 50 * 37 - 100 + 2 * x ^ 2 % 3 in three different ways and compare the performance:
- manually enter the equation
- parse the equation to an AST and evaluate it without specialization
- parse the equation to an AST and evaluate it with specialization
The results of the benchmark are very illustrative:
As you can see, a manually typed equations and specialized AST were processed equally fast. ActiveJ Specializer sped up AST processing 8 times.