[erlang-questions] [ANN] Silly benchmarking

Garrett Smith g@REDACTED
Tue Apr 30 19:02:04 CEST 2013

This is sort of my thinking with the github project:

- Better than a wiki because you can run the files
- Easily forked and modified -- so people can share and modify code trivially
- Distributed is better than centralized!

There's probably a temptation to view anything like this as
authoritative -- it of course is not and cannot be (e.g. the three
stupid files I have are totally arbitrary). I think distributed source
like this is a good push-back for that temptation.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM, Jeremy Ong <jeremy@REDACTED> wrote:
> I'd be very interested if we got a wiki going on one of these projects
> with community updated numbers of various benchmark runs.
> For example:
> keylists vs orddicts vs dicts
> fold vs recursion
> fibonacci
> all the other various standard benchmarks
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM, Garrett Smith <g@REDACTED> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM, Michael Truog <mjtruog@REDACTED> wrote:
>>> On 04/30/2013 06:44 AM, Garrett Smith wrote:
>>>> This is not an announcement of anything -- but [ANN] seems to flag
>>>> "something I can maybe use" which does apply in this case :)
>>>> Occasionally I wonder, "what's faster"? It's not often, but it happens.
>>>> I've found the best way to answer this is to measure things.
>>>> So I have this silly project:
>>>> https://github.com/gar1t/erlang-bench
>>>> It's not rigorous but it's simple and I can experiment quickly with
>>>> different implementations. My goal is just to get a sense of things --
>>>> not to formally prove anything.
>>>> It's so trivial it's almost not worth sharing/reusing -- *however* it
>>>> may provide value as a distributed repository for what people are
>>>> interested in. As it's in github there's no ownership -- please feel
>>>> free to fork and use for your own concerns!
>>> You might want to look at erlbench here https://github.com/okeuday/erlbench since it has the same basic purpose, and allows you to use different compilation methods now (through the makefile specifying an optimization level).  The erlbench project is also ad-hoc, but it has been enough to produce results in the past.
>>> The other option is trying to use basho_bench here https://github.com/basho/basho_bench, if you are testing key/value storage.
>> Yes, but you'll notice how *easy* it is to use erlang-bench, which is
>> nothing more than escript files with a 10 line include file.
>> I'm an extraordinarily lazy person :)
>> Though seriously, thanks for the references. If I was more concerned
>> about benchmark integrity, those might be good options -- but this is
>> just a sniff test approach to satisfy my curiosity about various
>> topics.
>> Garrett
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