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Go versus Node js fastest programs

Back in April 2010, Russ Cox charitably suggested that only fannkuch-redux, fasta, k-nucleotide, mandlebrot, nbody, reverse-complement and spectral-norm were close to fair comparisons. As someone who implemented programming languages, his interest was "measuring the quality of the generated code when both compilers are presented with what amounts to the same program."

Differences in approach - to memory management, parallel programming, regex, arbitrary precision arithmetic, implementation technique - don't fit in that kind-of fair comparison — but we still have to deal with them.

These are only the fastest programs. There may be additional measurements for programs which seem more-like a fair comparison to you. Always look at the source code.

pidigits
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 2.05 8,444 603 2.10 29% 1% 35% 37%
Node js 12.42 64,436 530 12.54 100% 1% 0% 0%
k-nucleotide
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 11.86 160,068 1607 44.82 93% 94% 97% 94%
Node js 25.74 393,728 1812 76.83 74% 86% 68% 70%
fasta
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 2.07 3,568 1358 5.67 80% 75% 40% 79%
Node js 3.35 61,832 2047 9.40 59% 55% 75% 91%
fannkuch-redux
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 17.53 11,672 896 70.01 100% 100% 100% 100%
Node js 24.14 52,860 1316 95.71 99% 99% 99% 99%
reverse-complement
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 3.55 1,783,340 1338 6.26 45% 32% 41% 59%
Node js 4.61 1,100,708 1307 11.00 60% 50% 60% 68%
mandelbrot
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 5.47 31,104 905 21.78 99% 100% 99% 99%
Node js 6.72 82,708 1122 26.53 99% 99% 100% 99%
n-body
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 21.25 1,588 1310 21.43 0% 100% 0% 0%
Node js 23.29 34,584 1268 23.68 0% 1% 1% 100%
spectral-norm
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 3.95 2,500 548 15.72 100% 99% 100% 99%
Node js 4.27 54,968 999 16.42 96% 97% 95% 96%
binary-trees
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 25.40 370,688 1005 87.09 86% 86% 86% 85%
Node js 23.20 1,094,272 744 75.75 84% 82% 80% 80%
regex-redux
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
Go 29.64 438,516 802 62.79 58% 57% 53% 44%
Node js 10.44 787,312 668 12.48 27% 17% 73% 3%
Go

go version go1.13 linux/amd64

Node js

v12.11.0