[plt-scheme] DrScheme Faster on Powerset than MzScheme - Why?

From: Kyle Smith (airfoil at bellsouth.net)
Date: Thu Mar 15 19:18:47 EDT 2007

I was actually benchmarking DrScheme against another flavor of Scheme, 
and I thought the results were unfair, since DrScheme is also an IDE.  
So I compiled to .zo (which didn't alter the times appreciably) and ran 
this little powerset routine in DrScheme and MzScheme with the following 
-------------- THE CODE --------------
(module powerset mzscheme
  (provide go)
(define (power-set s)
  (if (null? s)
      (list '())
      (let ((rest (power-set (cdr s))))
        (append (map (lambda(x) (cons (car s) x)) rest) rest))))
(define (go)
   (let ([ps (power-set '(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 
19 20))])
-------------- THE RESULTS ------------
Welcome to DrScheme, version 369.8-svn2mar2007 [3m].
Language: Textual (MzScheme, includes R5RS).
 > (require powerset)
 > (go)
cpu time: 469 real time: 468 gc time: 265
 > (go)
cpu time: 469 real time: 469 gc time: 266
C:\Documents and Settings\kyle\My Documents\Scheme\math>mzscheme -q 
--require powerset.scm
Welcome to MzScheme v369.8 [3m], Copyright (c) 2004-2007 PLT Scheme Inc.
 > (go)
cpu time: 563 real time: 563 gc time: 405
 > (go)
cpu time: 563 real time: 563 gc time: 376
 > (exit)
I was really surprised that DrScheme beat out MzScheme.   Do I have 
something setup wrong on the command line of MzScheme, as I don't often 
use the stand-alone interpreter, so I could be missing something?


Kyle Smith
airfoil at bellsouth dot net

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