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regarded and expertly designed C++ library projects in the
world. — Herb Sutter and Andrei
In odeint all system functions and observers are passed by value. For example,
if you call a
of a particular stepper or the integration functions, your system and your
stepper will be passed by value:
rk4.do_step( sys , x , t , dt ); // pass sys by value
This behavior is suitable for most systems, especially if your system does not contain any data or only a few parameters. However, in some cases you might contain some large amount of data with you system function and passing them by value is not desired since the data would be copied.
In such cases you can easily use
boost::cref) which passes its argument by reference
(or constant reference). odeint will unpack the arguments and no copying
at all of your system object will take place:
rk4.do_step( boost::ref( sys ) , x , t , dt ); // pass sys as references
The same mechanism can be used for the observers in the integrate functions.
If you are using C++11 you can also use