Linked by Christopher W. Cowell-Shah on Thu 8th Jan 2004 19:33 UTC
General Development This article discusses a small-scale benchmark test run on nine modern computer languages or variants: Java 1.3.1, Java 1.4.2, C compiled with gcc 3.3.1, Python 2.3.2, Python compiled with Psyco 1.1.1, and the four languages supported by Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET 2003 development environment: Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, and Visual J#. The benchmark tests arithmetic and trigonometric functions using a variety of data types, and also tests simple file I/O. All tests took place on a Pentium 4-based computer running Windows XP. Update: Delphi version of the benchmark here.
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Java-1.4.2 trig is simple mistake
by Hong Zhang on Thu 8th Jan 2004 20:04 UTC

The default math library is compiled with -O0 to preserve strict IEEE semantics. In fact, with minor change to the source code, -O2 will work as well. Java has two math libs, Math and StrictMath. They are default to the same implementation. But JVM is allowed to use faster/less accurate version of Math. The VC++ uses loose math (x86 trig instructions directly).