RcppSimdJson wraps the fantastic and genuinely impressive simdjson library by Daniel Lemire and collaborators. Via very clever algorithmic engineering to obtain largely branch-free code, coupled with modern C++ and newer compiler instructions, it results in parsing gigabytes of JSON parsed per second which is quite mindboggling. The best-case performance is ‘faster than CPU speed’ as use of parallel SIMD instructions and careful branch avoidance can lead to less than one cpu cycle per byte parsed; see the video of the talk by Daniel Lemire at QCon (also voted best talk).
Beside the upstream update, not too much happened to our package itself since 0.1.1 though Brandon did help one user to seriously speed up his JSON processing. The (this time very short) NEWS entry follows.
Changes in version 0.1.2 (2020-10-07)
- Upgraded to simdjson 0.5.0 (Dirk #49)