Lights and shadows of floating point in GNU Smalltalk

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For a dynamically-typed pure object-oriented language, the performance delivered by GNU Smalltalk is impressive. The benchmark ran more than twice as fast as Python and 3.4 times the speed of Ruby—“modern” languages often considered descended from Smalltalk. GNU Common Lisp in compiled mode just edged out GNU Smalltalk by about 2%.

Out of curiousity, have there been any improvement in the 2.9 tree that might change these results?

No. Speed improvements were not a part of the 3.0 goals except for improved startup/quit ("Hello world") speed.

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