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1 HaBench: The Haskell Benchmark Suite

Recent discussions have illustrated the need for an up-to-date Haskell benchmark suite. The goal would be to package a number of representative benchmarks, written in Haskell, which users can run on their machine. Gathering (and publishing) performance numbers for these benchmarks on a number of different machines will hopefully help in guiding future development of both Haskell compilers and programs.

1.1 Contributors

  • Kenneth Hoste - boegel on #haskell@FreeNode (ideas/advice/Wiki page maintainer)
  • Donald Bruce Stewart - dons on #haskell@FreeNode (darcs repo maintainer (probably))
  • Andy Georges - Itkovian on #haskell@FreeNode (measurements/analysis/advice)
  • John Meacam - JohnMeacam on #haskell@FreeNode (advice/JHC support)
  • Arthur van Leeuwen - earthy on #haskell@FreeNode (Computer Language Shootout man-on-the-insde)
  • Neil Mitchell - ndm on #haskell@FreeNode (suggestions/Yhc support/user)
  • <add your name here if you want to contribute!>

1.2 Ideas

  • start from the (out-of-date?) nofib benchmark suite (GHC-only, includes ghcisms) (website)
  • include Computer Language Shootout submissions (website)
  • microbenchmarks for comparison with C (for example bytecopying) (dons)
  • both a Haskell98 and Haskell'-only (sub)suite (JohnMeacam)
  • multiple Haskell compilers (GHC, JHC, ...)
  • maintain benchmark according to Hackage (Hackage list)
  • Libraries and tools in Haskell

1.3 Notes

Random notes are below.

* (JohnMeacham) Insert non-formatted text here pretty much every compiler has a mode similar to 'ghc --make', 
 so just let the user specify an arbitrary command line for the compiler to use,
 like 'jhc -v -flint $< -o $@'  or 'ghc --make $< -o $@'

1.4 More info?

* #haskell IRC channel at Freenode
* initial thread @ Haskell mailing list
* follow-up thread @ Haskell-Cafe mailing list

1.5 Comments

Comments? Feel free to add them! Suggestions? Mail Kenneth at kenneth [dot] hoste [at] elis [dot] ugent [dot] be .