"This time, fer shur!" --Bullwinkle Moose

OK. I really will go on to doing something else in Haskell; I'm thinking of something that will actually get me into the M-word.

(Though in the back of my mind I will still wonder whether there's a way to make justOnes generate values in ascending order other than just sorting the darn things...)

I want to give a little more data.

I went back and compiled and ran the C solution to the "Fair and Square" problem I'd grabbed, to get time output so I could remember something other than just the vague "about .4 seconds". The variance seems to be less than it is for "my" Haskell program, (I have to use the scare quotes given my the integer square root and semilattice search tree code) so I'll just give one output, as usual from the data set with values up to a googol, from the middle:

real    0m0.455s
user    0m0.432s
sys     0m0.020s


In comparison, the best value from a Haskell run:

real    0m0.224s
user    0m0.176s
sys     0m0.044s

If I had to guess, I'd say maybe the difference in sys time is due to memory allocation; the C program visits the heap for buffers for I/O for input and output files, but that's about it. The rest it does via fixed-size declared arrays.

How much memory, then? What dominates for the C program is a single array, a two-dimensional 50000 x 200 array of ints. That comes to 24 MB. The graph generated from profiling the current version of the Haskell program shows it using somewhere between 6.25 and 6.5 MB (I really wish they'd show the scale all the way up on that). So half the time, and given the other arrays in the C code, I think it's safe to say about a quarter of the RAM.

The C code definitely wins on size of compiled program, though; with both stripped, it's 860K for Haskell, a hair over 10K for the C program. To be sure, that's taking advantage of shared libraries. I wonder whether ghc pays much attention to only including what's necessary in a compiled program? (Or maybe it's my doing, and I should be more specific about what I import.)

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