[Kst] : Huge performance problem under Windows

Brisset, Nicolas Nicolas.Brisset at eurocopter.com
Mon Nov 16 11:39:44 CET 2009


you're my hero of the week-end! Thanks above all for that performance fix which was really needed, but also for all the nice little improvements here and there. I have just tested and it works very well. 
The locale problem is actually something I have on Linux as well and I think it would make sense to add a checkbox to the ASCII config UI like:
"use '.' as decimal separator (ignore regional settings)"
I had actually already mentioned it on the kst list...

There is just one thing I'm a bit surprised about: you blame MSVC's atof, but I have always compiled kst Windows with Qt Creator which uses Cygwin, and had the same performance problem. Well, I guess I don't need to understand, as long as it works :-)

You're of course welcome to contribute to kst further. I have no idea whether you have any interest apart from platform-specific fixes, but I think kst is a great tool and having the new version under Windows as well will be great for its exposure. There are a lot of interesting things on the roadmap, general or Windows-specific. To name just a few of the latter in case you'd be interested to give a hand there:
- creation of a Windows installer (I think someone else wanted to look at that, and I was thinking about trying NSIS, but you may know better)
- reactivation (i.e. port to kst2) and port to Windows of some data sources, like for instance CDF or netCDF which are currently not built under Windows. Maybe getdata (http://getdata.sourceforge.net/) would also be interesting, though I have no idea whether it can run under Windows. But there are specialists listening on this list, they will probably be able to say that
- memleak when using OpenGL (though that one is possibly also an issue on Linux): each time you hover a different plot or resize the window (thereby triggering a repaint) a few kB get lost...

Don't hesitate to talk to us, we can find you something to do. You sure don't want to get bored, do you :-)?

Thanks again,

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Peter Kümmel [mailto:syntheticpp at gmx.net]
> Gesendet: Sonntag, 15. November 2009 14:36
> An: kst at kde.org
> Betreff: Re: [Kst] : Huge performance problem under Windows
> Peter Kümmel wrote:
> > Peter Kümmel wrote:
> >> atof is dead slow on Windows, on Linux atof is magnitudes faster.
> >> Measured with attached patch.
> >
> > I've replaced msvc's atof with a old bsd (V7) one, should be good
> > enough to read generated data.

> I've committed the atof replacement for windows.
> Now it loads gyrodata.dat within a second.
> Peter

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