The NoFib benchmark suite
We are very keen to encourage the collection of a good suite of
Haskell programs to use as benchmarks. We have made a start, by
collecting the NoFib suite. It has three main
collections of programs:
- The imaginary part consists of toy programs such as
nqueens and Ackermann's function. Such programs are useless for
drawing general conclusions, but can sometimes show up nasty
performance bugs in sharp relief.
- The spectral part consists of kernels of real
programs, such as Fast Fourier Transform. Again, one should be
careful about drawing any general conclusions from these programs, but
they are a whole lot more realistic than the imaginary suite whilst
still being of modest size.
- The real part consists of real application programs,
written by people who simply wanted to get the job done. They are
larger and more I/O intensive than the imaginary and spectral suite.
The NoFib suite and the ideas behind it is presented in more detail in the
The nofib Benchmark Suite of Haskell Programs - Will Partain
In Functional Programming, Glasgow 1992,
J Launchbury and PM Sansom, eds.,
Workshops in Computing, Springer Verlag, 195-202.
We are very keen indeed to expand the range of the NoFib suite. If
you have a Haskell application program, please send it to us (along
with suitable test data) to include!
July 1997: You can get two variants of the NoFib programs from our FTP
site; one is the old Haskell 1.2 programs (to match the GHC 0.29
release), the other is for Haskell-1.4 programs (matching the GHC-2.05 release).
Simon Peyton Jones,