[Haskell-cafe] haskell crypto is reaaaaaaaaaally slow

Derek Elkins derek.a.elkins at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 18:34:30 EDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-06-20 at 15:23 -0700, Jason Dagit wrote:
> On 6/20/07, Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> wrote:
> > Donald Bruce Stewart wrote:
> > > Finally, to actually get C speed, use a C md5.
> >
> > I always feel worried when people say this... It's almost like admitting
> > "hey, Haskell is beautiful, but it can never be fast". I always find
> > myself wanting that statement to be false...
> I agree with you, but at the same time, if Don says something about
> the performance of Haskell I tend to trust him on it.  I find that his
> ability to optimize Haskell tends to set the bar.  Otoh, I'd love to
> see someone demonstrate otherwise here :)

Well this is something else Don said, 

> I'd suspect a pure haskell md5 over bytestrings would be competitive
> with a C implemetation though. Easier to just call OpenSSL.

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