Am 17.07.22 um 08:00 schrieb Thomas Munro:
>> Actually ... is there a reason to bother with an intarray version
>> at all, rather than going straight for an in-core anyarray function?
>> It's not obvious to me that an int4-only version would have
>> major performance advantages.
> Yeah, that seems like a good direction. If there is a performance
> advantage to specialising, then perhaps we only have to specialise on
> size, not type. Perhaps there could be a general function that
> internally looks out for typbyval && typlen == 4, and dispatches to a
> specialised 4-byte, and likewise for 8, if it can, and that'd already
> be enough to cover int, bigint, float etc, without needing
> specialisations for each type.
I played around with the idea of an anyarray shuffle(). The hard part
was to deal with arrays with variable length elements, as they can not
be swapped easily in place. I solved it by creating an intermediate
array of references to the elements. I'll attach a patch with the proof
of concept. Unfortunatly it is already about 5 times slower than the
specialised version and i am not sure if it is worth going down that road.