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Functionally Oblivious and Succinct

YOW! 2014 Melbourne

This talk provides a whirlwind tour of some new types of functional data structures and their applications.

Cache-oblivious algorithms let us perform optimally for all cache levels in your system at the same time by optimizing for one cache for which we don’t know the parameters. While Okasaki’s “Purely Functional Data Structures” taught us how to reason about asymptotic performance in a lazy language like Haskell, reasoning about cache-oblivious algorithms requires some new techniques.

Succinct data structures let us work directly on near-optimally compressed data representations without decompressing.

How can derive new functional data structures from these techniques? Applications include just diverse areas as speeding up something like Haskell’s venerable Data.Map, handling “big data” on disk without tuning for hardware, and parsing JSON faster in less memory.

Edward Kmett

Research Engineer

Machine Intelligence Research Institute

United States

Edward spent most of his adult life trying to build reusable code in imperative languages before realizing he was building castles in sand. He converted to Haskell in 2006 while searching for better building materials. He now chairs the Haskell core libraries committee, collaborates with hundreds of other developers on over 250 projects on github, works on ways to try to better scale functional programming, logic programming and formal methods at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and is obsessed with finding better tools so that seven years from now he won’t be stuck solving the same problems with the same tools he was stuck using seven years ago.