Surprising (for me) benchmark results...

E. Mark Ping emarkp at CSUA.Berkeley.EDU
Tue May 1 23:14:41 CEST 2001

Over on the comp.lang.c++ newsgroup (crossposted to the
group) there was a challenge to read in a large file, sort the lines
lexigraphically, and write them out to a file.

The argument was that Java was faster than C++.  It turned out that it
was faster, because my implementation of C++ had an available patch
that I hadn't applied.  Anyway, the reults for sorting a 30K line file
(about 4.3MB) were:

Java: ~1500 ms
C++:  ~950 ms
Perl: ~1000 ms

And then, just for kicks I wrote the following python script:

import time

start = time.time()
f = open("infile.txt", 'r')
out = open("outfile.txt", 'w')
l = f.readlines()
end = time.time()

print (end-start), " seconds"

Python runtime:  600 ms

Pretty cool.  I'm investigating Python as a result of playing around
with Blender, and I'm interested in using python scripting as an
interface for C++ programs (scientific modeling, games, etc.).
This was one impressive result for this Python newbie.
Mark Ping                     
emarkp at soda.CSUA.Berkeley.EDU 

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