Python to surpass C performance by 2030

holger krekel pyth at devel.trillke.net
Tue Aug 27 18:03:55 CEST 2002


Peter Hansen wrote:
> Erno Kuusela wrote:
> > 
> > since 1.5.2 is about 4 years old, the improvement per year is about
> > 13.2% on average. if we assume that 1.5.2 is 50 times slower than
> > C (probably conservative?), then at 13.2% per year since 1998 it
> > will add up to 53x improvement in 32 years.
> 
> In our experiments it was close to 30 times slower on average.  
> The overall range was about 10 to 100.
> 
> This would put the crossover around 2026 instead, which is not 
> much different.
> 
> At about two new versions a year, that would make it, what, 
> about Python 8.4?  ;-)
> 
> It won't matter anyway, because by then we'll all be writing our
> code using Pyrex (to get the static type checking, you know :-),
> and we'll be ten times *faster* than C.

We might as well consider sponsoring Armin Rigo with his fantastic
Psyco effort to achieve order-of-magnitude increases for python3.

    holger




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