A library for working with phylogenetic data. v0.25.0
GzipBlockOStream Class Reference

#include <genesis/utils/io/gzip_block_ostream.hpp>

Inherits ostream.

## Detailed Description

Output stream that writes blocks of gzip-compressed data to an underlying wrapped stream, using parallel compression.

The gzip format specifies that concatenated blocks of gzip-compressed data (including the gzip header) are still valid gzip files, and are equivalent to concatenating the decompressed data. This is for example used in compressed vcf files (.vcf.gz, Variant Calling Format) to achieve random access into compressed data, by maintaining an index table of offsets to the beginning of individual compressed blocks.

We here use a similar technique to achieve a compression speedup by using parallel threads on different gzip blocks. This gives almost linear speedup, at the cost of ~3% increase in resulting file size due to the additional gzip headers of each block. This downside can be alleivated by using larger blocks though. By default, we use 64kB blocks.

Exemplary usage:

// Wrapped output stream to write to. Use binary mode, so that compressed output works.
std::ofstream ofile;
ofile.open( "path/to/test.txt.gz", std::ios_base::binary );

// Prepare stream
GzipBlockOStream ostr( ofile );

// Write data to stream
ostr << "some data\n";


By default, the number of threads is determined using the number of available threads in an OpenMP parallel region. If set manually via num_threads to a value other than 0, we recommend to use not more than the hardware concurrency, or fewer, if at the same time compressed data is read in some other part of the program, or other computation-heavy work is done.

Furthermore, note that some file managers might not display the original (uncompressed) file size correctly when viewing the resulting gz file, as they might use only the size of one block instead of the full resulting uncompressed file size. This should not affect decompression or any other downstream processes though. As this class is a stream, we usually do not know beforehand how lare the resulting file will be, so there is not much we can do about this.

The class could also be extended in the future to achieve indexing similar to compressed vcf. NB: We have not yet tested compatibility with the vcf format, as they might employ additional tricks to achieve their goals.

Definition at line 90 of file gzip_block_ostream.hpp.

## Public Member Functions

GzipBlockOStream (std::ostream &os, std::size_t block_size=GZIP_DEFAULT_BLOCK_SIZE, GzipCompressionLevel compression_level=GzipCompressionLevel::kDefaultCompression, std::size_t num_threads=0)

GzipBlockOStream (std::streambuf *sbuf_p, std::size_t block_size=GZIP_DEFAULT_BLOCK_SIZE, GzipCompressionLevel compression_level=GzipCompressionLevel::kDefaultCompression, std::size_t num_threads=0)

virtual ~GzipBlockOStream ()

## Static Public Attributes

static const std::size_t GZIP_DEFAULT_BLOCK_SIZE = 1ul << 16

## ◆ GzipBlockOStream() [1/2]

 GzipBlockOStream ( std::ostream & os, std::size_t block_size = GZIP_DEFAULT_BLOCK_SIZE, GzipCompressionLevel compression_level = GzipCompressionLevel::kDefaultCompression, std::size_t num_threads = 0 )
explicit

Definition at line 706 of file gzip_block_ostream.cpp.

## ◆ GzipBlockOStream() [2/2]

 GzipBlockOStream ( std::streambuf * sbuf_p, std::size_t block_size = GZIP_DEFAULT_BLOCK_SIZE, GzipCompressionLevel compression_level = GzipCompressionLevel::kDefaultCompression, std::size_t num_threads = 0 )
explicit

Definition at line 717 of file gzip_block_ostream.cpp.

## ◆ ~GzipBlockOStream()

 ~GzipBlockOStream ( )
virtual

Definition at line 738 of file gzip_block_ostream.cpp.

## ◆ GZIP_DEFAULT_BLOCK_SIZE

 const std::size_t GZIP_DEFAULT_BLOCK_SIZE = 1ul << 16
static

Definition at line 111 of file gzip_block_ostream.hpp.

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