A couple of days ago I found out that gzread from the zlib library can be used for fast reading of binary files in Maple from the disk to memory - about 100 times faster than readbytes - something like in the following simplified example,
local gzopen, gzread, gzclose, n, p, A;
then return A end if
0.078, 0.062, 0.046, 0.046, 0.046
That needs some tweaking, because that works only on uncompressed files. If a file ("A" in this example) was gzipped, then the gzread would ungzip n (uncompressed) bytes in it in this example, instead of copying it into the memory - but it is not a big deal, in general.
Does anybody know about a similar replacement for writebytes? gzwrite doesn't work for copying (it compresses the array.)
I used the zlibwapi.dll library from http://www.winimage.com/zLibDll/index.html, it is a version of zlib 1.2.5 (written by Jean-Loup Gailly and Mark Adler) built by Gilles Vollant. The code is for a 32-bit system (Windows). That should work in 32-bit Linux after replacing that dll with standard libz.so.1, as well as on 64-bit systems after replacing integer with integer in most places.
Alec Mihailovs, PhD