Jon Bentley describes a case in which a thousand-line program spent 80 percent of its time in a five-line square-root routine. By tripling the speed of the square-root routine he doubled the speed of the program.
Bentley also reports the case of a team that discovered that half an operating system’s time was spent in a small loop. They rewrote the loop in microcode and made the loop 10 times faster, but it didn’t change the system’s performance — they had rewritten the system’s idle loop.
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Yeah for him… but it sounds like their should be some rule about the effective intelligence of a Team being equal to the inverse of the sum of all individual IQs or something like that.