The cost of abstractions in terms of the data size plays an important role. For example, whether or not a data element can fit into a processor cache line depends directly upon its size. On a Linux system, we can find out the cache line size and other parameters by inspecting the values in the files under the
/sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cache/ directory. Refer to Chapter 4, Host Performance, where we discussed how to compute the size of primitives, objects, and data elements.
Another concern we generally find with data sizing is how much data we hold at any time in the heap. As we noted in earlier chapters, GC has direct consequences on the application performance. While processing data, often we do not really need all the data we ...