PERF: Small radius optimization for interpolators
Right now, the interpolators use a variable-length vector to store the coefficients, e.g. https://gitlab.orfeo-toolbox.org/orfeotoolbox/otb/blob/develop/Modules/Core/Interpolation/include/otbBCOInterpolateImageFunction.hxx#L84 where
vnl_vector. This results in a couple of memory allocations for each output pixel.
In practice, most kernels are probably rather small, so it might be worth avoiding the allocations for small radii, like mentioned here: https://groups.google.com/d/topic/otb-developers/6PzpGxkkOhs/discussion.
At the time I abandoned the patch because there was no "small vector" container available (variable-length container which can switch from stack to heap allocation if more space is required). Boost had one, but it wasn't available in the versions supported by OTB. There's also
alloca, but that's pretty bad (and discouraged).
I don't think anything has changed, but it's worth keeping this possible optimization in mind. One possible compromise would be to use Boost.SmallVector when we are compiling with a version of Boost that's new enough (it was added in 2015).