[Haskell-cafe] haskell crypto is reaaaaaaaaaally slow

Anatoly Yakovenko aeyakovenko at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 19:11:13 EDT 2007

I don't think the problem with performance of crypto has anything to
do with unpacking ByteStrings. If I unpack the bytestrings first, then
run the hash, and just time the hash algorithm, i still get 4 seconds
with crypto where the C implementation gives me 0.02 seconds.  Thats
200 times slower in haskell, to me it just seems like a bad
implementation.  You should be able to stay within an order of
magnitude from C with haskell without resorting to weird compiler


On 6/20/07, Derek Elkins <derek.a.elkins at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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