• (America) IPA: /əˈɡɹɛs.ɪv/


  1. Characterized by aggression; unjustly attacking; prone to behave in a way that involves attacking or arguing.
    an aggressive policy, war, person, nation
    • 2011, Judith S. Weis, Do Fish Sleep?, Rutgers University Press (ISBN 9780813549415), page 63:
      When a new aggressive fish is added to an aquarium with an already-established, territorial fish, the established fish will probably fight to protect its territory (the whole tank).
  2. (programming) Of heuristics, source code optimization techniques, etc.: exploiting every opportunity to be applied.
    • 1996, Tibor Gyimothy, Compiler Construction: 6th International Conference, CC '96, Linköping, Sweden, April 24 - 26, 1996. Proceedings, Volume 6, Springer ISBN 9783540610533, page 59
      This paper describes how aggressive loop unrolling is done in a retargetable optimizing compiler.
    • 2001, Paul Feautrier (edited by Santosh Pande and Dharma P. Agrawal), Compiler Optimizations for Scalable Parallel Systems, Springer ISBN 9783540419457, page 173
      Since the most aggressive type of optimization a program can be subjected to is parallelization, understanding a program before attempting to parallelize it is a very important step.
    • 2002, Y. N. Srikant, Priti Shankar, The Compiler Design Handbook: Optimizations and Machine Code Generation, CRC Press ISBN 9781420040579, page 465
      However, aggressive compiler techniques such as loop unrolling, promoting of subscripted array variables into registers (especially in of subscripted array variables into registers (especially in loops) and interprocedural optimizations create heavy register pressure and it is still quite important to do a good job of register allocation.
    • 2002, Shpeisman, T. ; Lueh, G.-Y. ; Adl-Tabatabai, A.-R., PACT 2002: 2002 International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques : proceedings : 22-25 September, 2002, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, IEEE Computer Society Press ISBN 9780769516202, page 249
      The Itanium processor is an example of an Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) architecture and thus relies on aggressive and expensive compiler optimizations for performance.
    • 2003, Susanna Pelagatti (edited by Fethi Rabhi and Sergei Gorlatch), Patterns and Skeletons for Parallel and Distributed Computing, Springer ISBN 9781852335069, page 182
      This sensibly eases the programmer task and allows for more aggressive optimisations of the global program structure.
    • 2011, Wen-mei W. Hwu, GPU Computing Gems Jade Edition, Elsevier ISBN 9780123859648, page 11
      The CUDA C code for the GPU, as well as the C and inline assembly code for the CPU, were highly optimized and aggressive compiler optimizations (-O4) were turned on.
  3. (pathology, of a tumour or disease) That spreads quickly or extensively; virulent; malignant.
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