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    [from mathematics] adj. Mutually independent; well separated; sometimes, irrelevant to. Used in a generalization of its mathematical meaning to describe sets of primitives... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION

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    Duff's device

    n. The most dramatic use yet seen of {fall through} in C, invented by Tom Duff when he was at Lucasfilm. Trying to bum all the instructions he could out of an inner loop that copied data serially onto an output port, he decided to unroll it. He then realized that the unrolled version could be implemented by *interlacing* the structures of a switch and a loop

    register n = (count + 7) / 8; /* count > 0 assumed */

    switch (count % 8) { case 0 do { *to = *from++; case 7 *to = *from++; case 6 *to = *from++; case 5 *to = *from++; case 4 *to = *from++; case 3