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On 2/23/2011 6:56 PM, Mike Pall wrote:
KHMan wrote:
   "this is a major advance in computer science because"

Yes, you should try sending a paper somewhere and see if they let
you keep such claims.

This is hyperbole, for sure.

And thank you for using that word, 'cause if someone else said it, he'd get slammed :-)

The HP Dynamo trace compiler was doing
faster-than-compiled-original speeds years ago.

Oh no, not that again. Everybody is repeating that claim, but
nobody has actually bothered to read the paper! Here's my standard
rant on that:
   Claiming that JIT compilers outperform static compilers, solely
   based on this paper, is utter nonsense.

   [In fact a very good JIT compiler _can_ outperform a very good
   static compilers under specific, but rare, circumstances. But
   this has more to do with extra specialization opportunities at
   runtime and is completely unrelated to this paper.]

And thanks for clarifying that. Academics are also very much prone to hyperbole -- I mentioned it only because it was one of the pioneering "hyped-about" works. Being a corporate project, they have all the more reason to "sex it up" for the management. :-) But of course, I agree with your rant -- I explicitly didn't want to get into all the rest of a very wide research area in order to make my posting brief. So I will now stand back again, and just gawk at the proceedings...

Kein-Hong Man (esq.)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia