- 2.8 GHz Pentium 4, running Debian Linux, proprietary NVidia driver
- 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 (dual processor), running Ubuntu Linux, proprietary NVidia driver
- Apple MacBook Pro - 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo (dual processor) running Mac OS X
- Apple PowerMac - 2.5 GHz G5 (quad processor) running Mac OS X
The benchmarks were:
- Stage 2 bootstrap - this involves compiling all words, building the online help search index, and loading the UI backend.
- Fibonacci - this tests procedure activation overhead and integer math.
- Mandelbrot - this tests complex number arithmetic.
- Raytracer - this tests floating point arithmetic.
[ tests compiler-tests ] timein the UI listener - the unit tests themselves include a lot of performance-intensive code, and this also measures how fast the UI can relayout and redraw, since the tests generate a lot of output.
The results were interesting. The best result in each row is shown in italics.
|Pentium 4||AMD64||MacBook Pro||PowerMac G5|
|Unit tests (secs)||24||22||20||38|
The results indicate there is a lot more work to do on the PowerPC compiler backend. The Core Duo's good performance is rather surprising.