Sorts an array in place in increasing order using Tim Peters adaptive sorting algorithm.


#include "petscsys.h"  
PetscErrorCode PetscTimSort(PetscInt n, void *arr, size_t size, int (*cmp)(const void *, const void *, void *), void *ctx)

Not Collective

Input Parameters#

  • n - number of values

  • arr - array to be sorted

  • size - size in bytes of the datatype held in arr

  • cmp - function pointer to comparison function

  • ctx - optional context to be passed to comparison function, NULL if not needed

Output Parameter#

  • arr - sorted array


Timsort makes the assumption that input data is already likely partially ordered, or that it contains contiguous sections (termed ‘runs’) where the data is locally ordered (but not necessarily globally ordered). It therefore aims to select slices of the array in such a way that resulting mergesorts operate on near perfectly length-balanced arrays. To do so it repeatedly triggers attempts throughout to merge adjacent runs.

Should one run continuously “win” a comparison the algorithm begins the “gallop” phase. It will aggressively search the “winner” for the location of the “losers” next entry (and vice versa) to copy all preceding elements into place in bulk. However if the data is truly unordered (as is the case with random data) the immense gains possible from these searches are expected not to repay their costs. While adjacent arrays are almost all nearly the same size, they likely all contain similar data.

Sample usage#

The comparison function must follow the qsort() comparison function paradigm, returning the sign of the difference between its arguments. If left < right : return -1, if left == right : return 0, if left > right : return 1. The user may also change or reverse the order of the sort by flipping the above. Note that stability of the sort is only guaranteed if the comparison function forms a valid trigraph. For example when sorting an array of type “my_type” in increasing order

  int my_increasing_comparison_function(const void *left, const void *right, void *ctx) {
    my_type l = *(my_type *) left, r = *(my_type *) right;
    return (l < r) ? -1 : (l > r);

Note the context is unused here but you may use it to pass and subsequently access whatever information required inside the comparison function. The context pointer will unaltered except for any changes made inside the comparison function. Then pass the function

  PetscTimSort(n, arr, sizeof(arr[0]), my_increasing_comparison_function, ctx)

Fortran Notes#

To use this from fortran you must write a comparison subroutine with 4 arguments which accepts left, right, ctx and returns result. For example

 subroutine CompareIntegers(left,right,ctx,result)
   implicit none

   PetscInt,intent(in) :: left, right
   type(UserCtx)       :: ctx
   integer,intent(out) :: result

   if (left < right) then
     result = -1
   else if (left == right) then
     result = 0
     result = 1
   end if
 end subroutine CompareIntegers


  • **** -*** Tim Peters.

See Also#

PetscTimSortWithArray(), PetscIntSortSemiOrdered(), PetscRealSortSemiOrdered(), PetscMPIIntSortSemiOrdered()





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