Python to surpass C performance by 2030

Dan Bishop danb_83 at
Tue Sep 3 03:03:14 EDT 2002

Erno Kuusela <erno-news at> wrote in message news:<kuptw4o65q.fsf at>...
> just for fun i ran pystone under python versions since 1.5.2 to
> current cvs. here are the results:
> [benchmark results snipped]
> 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.
> i wonder if this would be a good application for the time machine...
> learn python today, and in 28 years you will have a job writing
> the speed-critical parts of c programs in python :)

Before that could ever happen, the Python interpreter would have to be
written in something other than C.

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