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MacPascal Benchmark

Post by Info-Mac » August 27th, 1984, 11:28 pm

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From: Stuart Reges
A simple Pascal benchmark is given by the recursive fibonnaci calculation:

program Fibonnaci (input, output);
var number: integer;

function fib (arg: integer): integer;
begin
if arg ');
readln (number);
if number 0 then writeln ('answer = ', fib (number));
until number = 0;
end.

This benchmark involves addition and a lot of function calls. The complexity
of this calculation is (phi)^n where phi = golden ratio = (SQRT(5) + 1)/2. A
nice property of this benchmark is that every time you increase "n" by 5 you
increase the complexity by a factor of about 11.

Here are some figures I got from three different systems that will be used for
instruction at Stanford next Fall:

"n" Waterloo MacPascal MacPascal DEC-20 Pascal
Interpretter (integer) (longint) Compiled
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15 50 seconds 6.7 seconds 5.9 seconds
20 540 seconds 70.5 seconds 63.5 seconds 0.2 seconds
25 702.0 seconds 1.7 seconds
30 19.7 seconds

The Waterloo Pascal Interpretter runs on an IBM/PC. The MacPascal version
using INTEGER could not calculate FIB (25) because it is greater then MAXINT.
I don't know why the LONGINT version should be faster. That is
counter-intuitive for me. The DEC-20 Pascal is Hedricks compiler from Rutgers.
The time reported is actual CPU time. Other calculations were done with a
wrist-watch, but should be accurate to within a quarter second.

This is using the Beta version of MacPascal released last week.
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