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PHP 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
PHP 2.16 9,112 399 2.25 100% 2% 2% 0%
Node js 13.56 63,708 530 13.81 20% 0% 0% 81%
regex-redux
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 2.80 158,000 816 5.48 23% 37% 43% 93%
Node js 9.98 819,516 668 12.17 8% 17% 42% 55%
k-nucleotide
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 41.23 176,076 1079 134.55 90% 72% 71% 94%
Node js 61.19 1,675,796 935 194.31 97% 78% 71% 73%
binary-trees
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 50.51 1,584,428 751 182.85 96% 91% 91% 85%
Node js 29.10 593,664 994 95.65 81% 85% 80% 82%
reverse-complement
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 13.60 528,064 438 20.95 33% 33% 26% 62%
Node js 4.72 1,098,408 1307 11.65 73% 61% 54% 60%
spectral-norm
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 33.12 24,140 1152 131.98 100% 100% 100% 100%
Node js 4.33 54,732 999 16.62 95% 97% 96% 96%
fannkuch-redux
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 226.26 21,980 1160 901.84 100% 99% 100% 100%
Node js 24.23 53,204 1316 96.12 99% 99% 99% 99%
n-body
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 312.82 8,032 1082 316.25 57% 0% 0% 43%
Node js 23.22 33,828 1268 23.54 1% 0% 0% 100%
fasta
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 56.53 8,072 1062 57.08 0% 0% 1% 100%
Node js 3.41 63,804 2047 9.91 74% 75% 81% 61%
mandelbrot
source secs mem gz busy cpu load
PHP 117.20 127,020 875 468.20 100% 100% 100% 100%
Node js 6.78 82,684 1122 26.65 98% 99% 98% 98%
PHP

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Node js

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