[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell Speed

Peter Simons simons at cryp.to
Fri Dec 23 15:30:46 EST 2005

Daniel Carrera writes:

 > http://shootout.alioth.debian.org/
 > It looks like Haskell doesn't do very well. It seems to be
 > near the bottom of the pile in most tests. Is this due to
 > the inherent design of Haskell or is it merely the fact that
 > GHC is young and hasn't had as much time to optimize as
 > other compilers?

It's because nobody took the time to write faster entries
for the tests where Haskell is at the bottom of the pile.
The "Computer Language Shootout Benchmark" is a fun idea,
but it's quite pointless to draw any conclusions about
programming languages from those results. If it were
included in the contest, native assembler code would win
every time.


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