On Monday, 29 July 2013 at 19:38:51 UTC, Walter Bright wrote:
On 7/29/2013 12:08 PM, JS wrote:
Trying to use distance and speed as a measure of performance
of a program is
If you google "program execution speed" you'll find it's a
commonly used term. "Lines per second" is a common measure of
compiler execution speed - google "compiler lines per second"
(again, if we started with 12 second and went to 21 seconds,
it would be a near
75% increase. But a 75% increase is not a 75% decrease!!!!!!!!)
Speed is the reciprocal of time, meaning a decrease in time is
an increase in speed.
You are right, sorry. There is no difference.
I think the issue is interpretation. When I read "X% increase in
speed" I think "X% faster [in time]".
Since you are using speed in a technical way, then it works. I
think it is deceptive, in some sense... although not necessarily
The reason is very few people measure performance of a program in
any other way than the time it takes to execute the program. That
is all that matters in most cases... and in most cases lines per
second mean nothing... but I guess in compilers it is more useful.
What I'm now wondering is why you chose to use % increase in
speed rather than % decrease in time? Is it because it is a
larger number and looks more impressive?
It think 99.9999% of people using D only care about the absolute
time it takes to compile their code, and giving a number that
they can actually use directly(instead of having to calculate
first) seems more useful.
By knowing you *sped* up the compiler so it is 43% faster lets me
know that I should expect compilation time of my code to be
approximately cut in half.
When you say 75% increase in speed I have to actually do some
calculation and hopefully also interpret speed properly.
Nowhere in the article do you refer to the lines per second or
any technical definition of speed.
It's a somewhat informal article but you are using a rather
formal definition of speed and it also does not directly give the
user an obvious metric as just giving them the percentage change