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C++ STL: Order of magnitude faster hash tables with Policy Based Data Structures
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 The Policy Hash Table has 3-6x faster insertion/deletion and 3-10x increase for writes/reads. As far as I can tell, there are no downsides. The policy hash table (specifically the open-addressing version), beats out unordered_map in all my benchmarks.↵
I've often been irritated by how slow unordered_map is in C++. Too often, I have something that runs fast enough in terms of complexity, but the constant factor from unordered_map slows down the solution too much. Yesterday though, after using the useful order statistics tree from, I was curious if there were any other useful data structures hiding in the Policy STL. And lo and behold, I found a hash table.↵

Well, enough backstory, let's look at some numbers.↵
All benchmarks below are compiled with C++14 -O2.↵

unordered_maplinear insertion:                                  0.689846↵
cc_hash_tablelinear insertion:                                  0.408233↵
gp_hash_tablelinear insertion:                                  0.256131↵

unordered_maplinear read/write:                                 1.69783↵
cc_hash_tablelinear read/write:                                 0.202474↵
gp_hash_tablelinear read/write:                                 0.26842↵

unordered_maprandom insertion:                                  2.90184↵
cc_hash_tablerandom insertion:                                  3.15129↵
gp_hash_tablerandom insertion:                                  0.56553↵

unordered_maprandom read/write:                                 2.02336↵
cc_hash_tablerandom read/write:                                 0.333415↵
gp_hash_tablerandom read/write:                                 0.403486↵

While for linear insertions, the policy hash table gives modest improvements, the policy hash table blows the unordered_map out of the water when it comes to reads/writes. These are order of magnitude improvements that make hash tables usable when they previously weren't.↵
Benchmarks of course, don't always reflect the real world. So here's an example of it allowing a solution to be accepted that TLE's with unordered_map.↵

Example problem (5000 ms time limit):  ↵
Solution with unordered_map: (TLE on test case 8)  ↵
Solution with policy hash table directly substituted in: (TLE on test case 26)  ↵
Solution with unordered_map, rewritten to not use clears:↵ (TLE on test case 26)↵
Solution with policy hash table and rewritten to not use clears: (AC with max time of 3180 ms)  ↵

To use this data structure:↵

#include <ext/pb_ds/assoc_container.hpp>↵
using namespace __gnu_pbds;↵
gp_hash_table<int, int> table;↵
From there, the API seems almost exactly the same.↵

Thanks to ~adamant,2018-07-20 for his post that revealed to me the existence of policy data structures, and thanks to ~tonynater,2018-07-20 for the discussion.↵

PS: In other posts for unordered_map, I've seen people claim that reserve and max_load_factor could increase performance drastically. They didn't seem to do much for me. However, if you want to do something similar for these hash tables, use `typedef cc_hash_table<↵
    int, int, hash<int>, equal_to<int>, direct_mask_range_hashing<int>,↵
    hash_standard_resize_policy<hash_exponential_size_policy<>, hash_load_check_resize_trigger<true>, true>>↵
    ht;`, and you should be able to resize and set load factor manually as well.↵

Code for the benchmarks can be found here:↵

EDIT: I realized that gp_hash_table is the way to go, not cc_hash_table. gp_hash_table sacrifices ~10% reading/writing speed to gain 3-6x in insertion/deletion/clearing. I updated the post to reflect the new numbers.


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