Systematic Gaming

September 24, 2008

Data Compression Evaluation

Filed under: file management — Tags: , — systematicgaming @ 1:38 pm

When discussing load times I mentioned that compression is an important way of reducing load times.  I also said that memory usage can be reduced by compressing data into smaller fixed sized blocks – instead of compressing a file as a single block.  There is also a variety of compression algorithms available, with different performance characteristics and strengths.

So how do you choose the proper compressor?  There is no single best algorithm, many have different strengths and weaknesses and are useful in different situations.  We’ll investigate a few different compression algorithms and more importantly evaluate what to look for when deciding on how to compress your data.

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