DLS 2016
Tue 1 Nov 2016 Amsterdam, Netherlands
co-located with SPLASH 2016
Tue 1 Nov 2016 16:30 - 16:55 at Matterhorn 1 - Session 4 Chair(s): Elisa Gonzalez Boix

Comparing the performance of programming languages is difficult because they differ in many aspects including preferred programming abstractions, available frameworks, and their runtime systems. Nonetheless, the question about relative performance comes up repeatedly in the research community, industry, and wider audience of enthusiasts.

This paper presents 14 benchmarks and a novel methodology to assess the compiler effectiveness across language implementations. Using a set of common language abstractions, the benchmarks are implemented in Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Crystal, Newspeak, and Smalltalk. We show that the benchmarks exhibit a wide range of characteristics using language-agnostic metrics. Using four different languages on top of the same compiler, we show that the benchmarks perform similarly and therefore allow for a comparison of compiler effectiveness across languages. Based on anecdotes, we argue that these benchmarks help language implementers to identify performance bugs and optimization potential by comparing to other language implementations.

Tue 1 Nov
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15:40 - 17:20: DLS - Session 4 at Matterhorn 1
Chair(s): Elisa Gonzalez BoixVrije Universiteit Brussel
dls-2016-papers15:40 - 16:05
Jason HemannIndiana University, USA, Daniel P. FriedmanIndiana University, USA, William E. ByrdUniversity of Utah, USA, Matthew MightUniversity of Utah, USA
dls-2016-papers16:05 - 16:30
Alessandro WarthY Combinator Research, USA, Patrick DubroyY Combinator Research, USA, Tony Garnock-JonesNortheastern University, USA
DOI Pre-print
dls-2016-papers16:30 - 16:55
Stefan MarrJohannes Kepler University Linz, Benoit DalozeJKU Linz, Austria, Hanspeter MössenböckJKU Linz, Austria
DOI Pre-print