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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Tested using J2SE v 1.4.2_03 on a dual Athlon MP 2.0GHz running Linux 2.6.0.

The code was compiled with javac -g:none and executed with java -server:

Int arithmetic elapsed time: 7271 ms
Double arithmetic elapsed time: 11501 ms
Long arithmetic elapsed time: 23017 ms
Trig elapsed time: 77649 ms
IO elapsed time: 3418 ms
Total Java benchmark time: 122856 ms

Well, Java trumps icc on 64-bit math, but thoroughly loses everywhere else, especially the floating point and trig benchmarks.