Bulk I/O for Titanium Arrays

This page documents the Bulk I/O extensions implemented in  Titanium for high-performance I/O on Titanium Arrays.

This library is now available in the tc compiler (starting at version 1.47), and is currently the fastest way to perform Ti Array I/O in Titanium. 

All I/O operations in this library are synchronous (i.e. they block the caller until the operation completes) and work only on Ti Arrays. For information on asynchronous I/O or bulk I/O on Java Arrays, see the Bulk I/O page.

Please direct any usage questions or difficulties to Dan Bonachea.


Bulk I/O in Titanium works through two new methods on Titanium arrays:

.readFrom( )     and    .writeTo( )


Assuming you have a Titanium array 'A', whose elements are of atomic type - this means the element type is a primitive type (e.g. int, double, etc.) or an atomic immutable class (an immutable class whose members are all of primitives type or other atomic immutable classes):

Note on Usage - Performing I/O on Subarrays

If you want to read/write a proper subset of the elements in a Ti array, then you should first use the regular .slice() .restrict() etc. methods on Ti arrays and make the I/O calls on the resultant array that includes just the elements you care about (these operations are implemented very efficiently without performing a copy).

Simple Example

import java.io.*;


// construct a buffered DataInputStream
DataInputStream dis = new
                       new BufferedInputStream(
                        new FileInputStream("myinputfile")));

// construct a RandomAccessFile for output
RandomAccessFile raf = new
RandomAccessFile("myoutputfile", "rw");

int width = dis.readInt();          // read some header info
int height = dis.readInt();

double [2d] myTiArray = new double[1:width,1:height];
// allocate a buffer to hold input

// read a large array of doubles

// do some work on the array....

raf.seek(0);              // seek to some destination in the output file

raf.writeInt(width);     // output some header info

myTiArray.writeTo(raf);  // write the large buffer of doubles

... // do some more work on the array...

myTiArray.restrict([2:7,4:10]).readFrom(dis); // now read into a small square of the grid

myTiArray.slice(1,4).writeTo(raf); // and write the entire fourth row


Extended Examples

taraftest.ti  - A diagnostic tool that exercises the Ti Array bulk I/O methods with RandomAccessFile's

taddtest.ti  - A diagnostic tool that exercises the Ti Array bulk I/O methods with DataInputStream's and DataOutputStream's

taglobtest.ti  - A diagnostic tool that exercises the capabilities of the Ti Array bulk I/O methods when arrays are not local

(In order to compile these programs, you'll also need ExnType.ti)

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