[racket] My toy web app's performance: Racket vs Perl vs Ruby

From: Neil Van Dyke (neil at neilvandyke.org)
Date: Thu Apr 12 08:41:45 EDT 2012

 From a very quick skim of "calico.rkt", I saw some potential small 
optimizations (e.g., small copying and translation steps that could be 
eliminated), but nothing obviously huge.

I assume that you're running "calico.rkt" from the command line when you 
do "ab", not running within DrRacket.

My suggestion is to add the statistical profiler 
("http://docs.racket-lang.org/profile/") to "calico.rkt", and see if 
that points out a culprit.

One easy way to use the profiler is to have it instrument a single HTTP 
request, and have it append a textual report to the end of the HTTP 
response.  If that doesn't catch the problem, then you can do some more 
work to instrument many HTTP requests.

After the statistical profiler, you can then look at garbage collection 

One option that I keep in my back pocket is the bare-bones SCGI library 
("http://www.neilvandyke.org/racket-scgi/"), since it's good to have an 
alternative stack in case some situation demands different performance 
tradeoffs than Racket "web-server".  But I suggest first looking at 
"calico.rkt" with the profiler.

I've mentioned a few analysis steps and such here, but hopefully the 
very first simple one-HTTP-request profile diagnoses the problem.

Incidentally, your Racket code looks good.

Neil V.


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