Performance of loops (A caching question)
Consider below two C language functions to compute sum of elements in a 2D array. Ignoring the compiler optimizations, which of the two is better implementation of sum?
In C/C++, elements are stored in Row-Major order. So the first implementation has better spatial locality (nearby memory locations are referenced in successive iterations). Therefore, first implementation should always be preferred for iterating multidimensional arrays.
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