[Haskell-cafe] Re: Why can't Haskell be faster?

Bernie Pope bjpop at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Thu Nov 1 00:51:44 EDT 2007

On 01/11/2007, at 2:37 AM, Neil Mitchell wrote:
> My guess is that the native code generator in Clean beats GHC, which
> wouldn't be too surprising as GHC is currently rewriting its CPS and
> Register Allocator to produce better native code.

I discussed this with Rinus Plasmeijer (chief designer of Clean) a  
couple of years ago, and if I remember correctly, he said that the  
native code generator in Clean was very good, and a significant  
reason why Clean produces (relatively) fast executables. I think he  
said that they had an assembly programming guru on their team.  
(Apologies to Rinus if I am mis-remembering the conversation).

At the time I was impressed by how fast Clean could recompile itself.


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