Wednesday, March 05, 2008

More JRuby Performance

In the aftermath of my post on JRuby's performance, I exchanged some info with Mr. JRuby himself, Charles Nutter. Per his request, I opened a bug on the matter. It looks like it is a JVM issue, i.e. JRuby ran slowly on IBM's J9 JVM. I did some micro-benching on Ruby vs. JRuby on a variety of platforms and JVMs. It was only on the J9/2.3 (IBM's JDK 5.0 JVM) that JRuby was was slower than the latest "native" Ruby implementation on that platform. Everybody loves charts, so here are some fun ones.

This was on my MacBook, with both the standard HotSpot Java 5.0 and Java 6.0 preview versions. I also compared using the -J-server (just becomes -server for the JVM) option, since HotSpot on the Mac runs in client mode by default. Thus the -server made a big difference.

This was on my home desktop system, a 32-bit Windows Vista system. I only did native Ruby vs. JRuby with and without the -server option. Again JRuby with the -server option crushed native Ruby.

Finally the environment that caused all the problems, my workstation. As you can see, it did quite poor compared to native Ruby. However, JRuby with either the 5.0 or 6.0 HotSpot JVM was much faster. I was actually hoping to see a better performance advantage on the 6.0 VM vs. the 5.0 one... I don't have IBM's 6.0 VM, so I could not include it. The HotSpot VMs were both 64-bit, whereas the IBM J9 on was a 32-bit VM.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Thanks for taking the time to go through these. We're all anxiously awaiting good solid proof that JRuby is as fast as we think it is.