[MLton] Packing and IntInf

Matthew Fluet fluet@cs.cornell.edu
Wed, 19 May 2004 08:31:36 -0400 (EDT)

> >From the user-guide:
>      MLton represents an arbitrary precision integer either as an
>      unboxed 32 bit word with the bottom bit set to 1 and the top 31
>      bits representing a small integer in [-2^30, 2^30), or as a pointer
>      to a vector of words where the first word indicates the sign and
>      the rest are the limbs of GNUmp big integer.
> Is this special representation necceary with the new packer? Could you
> instead use the natural representation of:
>         datatype t = Small of Int31.int | Big of bool * word vector
> and have the packer decide on a similar representation ?

The representation packer should do the "right thing" with the natural
representation; see

But, we haven't modified the Basis Library code to take advantage of this,
although it ought not to be that painful a process.