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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Platform matters too
by jizzles on Fri 9th Jan 2004 01:33 UTC

Hotspot is heavily optimized for Solaris-sparc, being Sun's flagship platform and all. GCC is targetted towards x86 mostly (although I will stop short of saying it is heavily optimized, because honestly, it isn't).

Compare the same benchmarks on a Solaris-sparc system, especially a large-scale system, and you might find some very interesting results.