python3.0 - any hope it will get faster?

Helmut Jarausch jarausch at
Tue Dec 9 11:51:55 CET 2008


I was somewhat surprised when I ran pystones with python-2.5.2 and
with python-3.0

On my old/slow machine I get

from test import pystone
   gives  (2.73, 18315.018315018315)

from test import pystone
   gives  (4.2700000000000005, 11709.601873536298)

That's a drop of 36% !

I know that processing unicode is inherently slower,
but still I was surprised that it's so much slower.

Is there any hope Python-3.0 will get faster or
is the main potential for optimizations exhausted, already?

That's not to start a flame war!
I know computers get faster, we human beings don't (me, at least)

Helmut Jarausch

Lehrstuhl fuer Numerische Mathematik
RWTH - Aachen University
D 52056 Aachen, Germany

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