coalmee coalmee - 1 year ago 115
C# Question

C# speedup method call of a generic class using expressions

I need to call an instance method of a generic class. The signature looks like this:

public class HandlerFactory
public static IHandler<T> Create<T>();

public interface IHandler<T>
T Read(Stream s);

void Write(Stream s, T v);

I managed to get it working by using expressions and DynamicInvoke. Sadly the performance of DynamicInvoke isn't that great. I can't cast the delegate to an
Action<MemoryStream, T>
because I don't know the type at compile time.

public class Test
public static void Write(MemoryStream s, object value)
var del = GetWriteDelegateForType(value.GetType());

// TODO: How to make this faster?
del.DynamicInvoke(s, value);

private static object GetHandlerForType(Type type)
var expr = Expression.Call(typeof(HandlerFactory), "Create", new[] { type });
var createInstanceLambda = Expression.Lambda<Func<object>>(expr).Compile();
return createInstanceLambda();

private static Delegate GetWriteDelegateForType(Type type)
var handlerObj = GetHandlerForType(type);
var methodInfo = handlerObj.GetType().GetMethod("Write", new[] { typeof(MemoryStream), type });

var arg1 = Expression.Parameter(typeof(MemoryStream), "s");
var arg2 = Expression.Parameter(type, "v");

var handlerObjConstant = Expression.Constant(handlerObj);
var methodCall = Expression.Call(handlerObjConstant, methodInfo, arg1, arg2);

var lambda = Expression.Lambda(methodCall, arg1, arg2);

return lambda.Compile();

Please note, I didn't benchmark the lambda generation, just the call to DynamicInvoke.

Is there any way to replace DynamicInvoke with something faster?

Update: I evaluated the 3 answers which contained code samples and choose to go with Lasse V. Karlsen answer because of the simplicity.
(Note on Grax's code: despite caching the MakeGenericMethod call it seems to be way slower than wrapping Invoke in a delegate)

Method | Median | StdDev |
------------------- |-------------- |----------- |
MyLambda | 1,133.2459 ns | 25.1972 ns |
ExplicitCall | 0.6450 ns | 0.0256 ns |
Test2DelegateLasse | 10.6032 ns | 0.2141 ns |
LambdaGroo | 10.7274 ns | 0.1099 ns |
InvokeGrax | 349.9428 ns | 14.6841 ns |

Answer Source

The way to do this is to go through a proper generic method, wrapping up a cast from object to the T, and skipping the entire dynamic invoke.

From your code in the pastebin, here's a new version of your Test class:

public class Test2
    private static readonly Action<MemoryStream, object> del;

    static Test2()
        var genericCreateMethod = typeof(Test2).GetMethod("CreateWriteDelegate", BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.NonPublic);
        var specificCreateMethod = genericCreateMethod.MakeGenericMethod(typeof(Model));
        del = (Action<MemoryStream, object>)specificCreateMethod.Invoke(null, null);

    public static void Write(MemoryStream s, object value)
        del(s, value);

    private static Action<MemoryStream, object> CreateWriteDelegate<T>()
        var handler = HandlerFactory.Create<T>();
        return delegate (MemoryStream s, object value)
            handler.Write(s, (T)value);

On my machine your code, with the above as well executes as:

Your test: 1285ms
My test: 20ms
Explicit: 4ms

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