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I think I'm less irritated with the inaccurate results than I am with
the fact that "method invocation" has suddenly become equivalent to
multi-threading/parallel execution. <br>
Odd how simple it is to bend our tests to our whim eh?<br>
Idgits (Texan for 'idiots').<br>
G Bulmer wrote:
<pre wrap="">On 6 Sep 2007, at 16:46, David King wrote:
<pre wrap="">Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] This seems an unfair benchmark
<pre wrap=""><a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://weblog.plexobject.com/?p=1576">http://weblog.plexobject.com/?p=1576</a>
I was surfing reddit.com this morning and found this benchmark. The
problem with it is Erlang is the only one actually using
it, and I suspect his Erlang wasn't written very well. He was
Erlang using threads to Java/C++/Ruby only using method invocations.
Seems a bit biased eh?
<pre wrap=""> From the article:
"As far as mapping algorithm to the language, I found that Erlang fit
very nicely for distributed algorithms that involve a lot of
communications. I left the C++, Java and Ruby version very simple and
didn?t try to implement truly indpendent processes and communication
because that would have required a lot more effort".
Oh, don't ya just lurv this stuff !-)
I notice comments are disabled! I wonder why :-)
Summary. Here's some code in Java, C++, Ruby and Erlang.
Only Erlang implements the distributed Byzantine Generals Problem
algorithm, because the other languages required too much effort.
I am not going to stop and conclude anything from this simple fact,
and I am not going to explain why, or how I can continue.
The Java and Erlang programs break, so lets ignore that. The Ruby
program looked broken so I killed it off.
I'll compare these programs, which don't actually implement the
algorithm, with this Erlang program that does work mostly, and
conclude that one of the programs that doesn't actually work, and
which crashes, is the performance leader over the one program that
I remember a story in the original "The Psychology of Computer
Programming" by Gerald Weinberg (I read it around 1980, so sorry for
Weinberg was asked to help a project which had failed badly to
deliver. He came up with a solution, but the projects technical lead
complained that Weinbergs working solution was much slower than his
broken solution. Weinberg, approximately, said "if the requirement to
give the correct answer was removed from my solution, it could go
many, many times faster".
Ho, hum, how times have changed :-)
I clicked on the 'chart' and threw away the weird Erlang value, and
the graph looks much more interesting.
Has anyone got a proper implementation of the distributed Byzantine
Generals Problem algorithm in Erlang?
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