When Python outruns C++ ...

Mike Meyer mwm at mired.org
Fri Apr 4 20:57:15 CEST 2003

"Anders J. Munch" <andersjm at inbound.dk> writes:
> "Mike Meyer" <mwm at mired.org> skrev:
> > "Anders J. Munch" <andersjm at dancontrol.dk> writes:
> > > "Mike Meyer" <mwm at mired.org> wrote:
> > > > I disagree with that statement. Clearly, *someone* knows all the
> > > > coding tricks used by the compiler - because they put it into the
> > > > compiler. So they can achieve the same level of performance.
> > > And chess program authors can beat their own inventions?  Not so.
> > Go program authors can beat their own inventions, so clearly this
> > depends on the problem domain. In the chess (and go) problem domains,
> > the time the human spends on the problem is artificially limited by
> > the rules of the game. For programming, limiting the programmer time
> > is a goal, not an axiom.
> Here's a brilliant algorithm for register allocation that I just stole
> from the PSU labs.
> 1. Generate all possible combinations.
> 2. Score each of them according to estimated performance.
> 3. Pick the best scoring combination.
> Now try with 8 registers and 10 variables.  1,073,741,824 variations.
> No limit on programmer time?

You just have to hire more programmers.

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org>			http://www.mired.org/home/mwm/
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