[gambit-list] Performance of the interpreter

Bradley Lucier lucier at math.purdue.edu
Fri Jun 5 13:06:21 EDT 2009


On Fri, 2009-06-05 at 11:58 -0500, Lam Luu wrote:

> I am trying to write a web service in Scheme, so I wish to keep the code 
> in source form (not compiled). I know that Gambit has an very good 
> compiler, but I have not heard much about the interpreter (gsi). Does 
> anyone have an idea how efficient it is, especially in comparison to the 
> compiler as well as other interpreted languages like Perl, Python, and Ruby?

I use gsi to run a homework-on-the-web system for 900 students (so that
includes some symbolic and arithmetic work behind the web server) on a
2.4GHz Opteron 850 (a 5+ year old machine) with no problems.  The
requests get pretty high in the last hour or two before homework is due.

Brad



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