[Python-Dev] Pie-thon benchmarks

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sun Dec 14 17:27:52 EST 2003

> Regexes were out. As I remember the challenge was pure interpreter 
> speed, so no dependence on IO or external modules. I'll go see if I 
> can dig out the rules. (You might have 'em on disk if you save old 
> presentations -- I'm pretty sure you had 'em up on the projector 
> during the announcement (or if it was me I've lost 'em :))

I was worried I lost it when my laptop died, but I managed to save
a copy.  The rules for the benchmark are:

- Live in front of OSCON audience
- Using the same Pentium Linux box
- Latest CVS version
- Best of three runs
- Python 2.3 bytecode
- Bytecode transformations OK

- To be decided by the Python folks
- Bytecode frozen in December 2003
- Should run for at least 30 seconds
- Output must be verifiably correct
- Full builtins OK
- No input or files (static data OK)
- No use of extension modules
- No use of regular expressions

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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