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5 January 2010

Ruby Mail and benchmark.rb on CRuby, JRuby, IronRuby and RubyInstaller

by Željko Filipin

Update: Steve suggested I should try the script also with RubyInstaller, and I did it.

This blog post is update of my recent Ruby Mail on CRuby, JRuby and IronRuby post. Mikel and Jimmy have commented on the post saying I did a poor job, and I would agree. I decided to do a better job this time. Please let me know if measurements can be further improved.

So, I have an e-mail file called 1.eml:

Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2009 14:37:34 Central European Standard Time
Message-ID: <4b336e9e762a0_a1014263a4689d3@2003-ie7.mail>
Subject: This is a test email
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Some text for mail body

The First Try

This is the test from the first post. (RubyInstaller was not included in the first post.) It is included here so all code and numbers are at the same page, I guess it is easier to compare that way. Read the file, display subject and total time elapsed (in seconds).

time =
require "rubygems"
require "mail"
mail ="1.eml")
puts mail.subject.to_s
puts - time

Executed the script three times for each Ruby implementation. RubyInstaller the fastest, CRuby and JRuby were similar in speed, IronRuby was way slower.

Test Run 1 2 3
CRuby 2.594 2.109 2.11
JRuby 3.0 2.016 2.0
IronRuby 9.8125 7.796875 7.6875
RubyInstaller 1.21875 1.203125 1.203125

The Second Try

Since both Mikel and Jimmy said require could take the majority of the time, and I was not really interested in measuring that, I excluded it from the measurement.

require "rubygems"
require "mail"

time =
mail ="1.eml")
puts mail.subject.to_s
puts - time

Times were way shorter. RubyInstaller the fastest (can not get much faster that 0.0 seconds), CRuby and JRuby in the same order of magnitude, IronRuby order of magnitude slower. JRuby has surprisingly the same numbers every time.

Test Run 1 2 3
CRuby 0.015 0.016 0.0
JRuby 0.047 0.047 0.047
IronRuby 0.5 0.46875 0.484375
RubyInstaller 0.0 0.0 0.0


Mikel and Jimmy have suggested that I should use benchmark.rb, so I took a look. I have slightly modified the script. This time the file was read 1000 times.

require "rubygems"
require "mail"
require "benchmark" do |x| { 1000.times do; puts"1.eml").subject.to_s; end }

This measurement said JRuby was the fastest, followed closely by RubyInstaller and CRuby, IronRuby again order of magnitude slower.

Test Run user system total real
CRuby 11.000000 0.657000 11.657000 13.485000
JRuby 6.187000 0.000000 6.187000 6.187000
IronRuby 69.984375 7.140625 77.125000 60.656250
RubyInstaller 7.297000 0.766000 8.063000 9.953125


Tests were run in VMware Fusion 2.0.6 virtual machine, 512 MB RAM, Microsoft Windows Sever 2003 R2 (Standard Edition, Service pack 2).
Host machine is MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X 10.6.2, 4 GB RAM.

>ruby -v
ruby 1.8.6 (2007-09-24 patchlevel 111) [i386-mswin32]

>jruby -v
jruby 1.4.0 (ruby 1.8.7 patchlevel 174) (2009-11-02 69fbfa3) (Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM 1.6.0_10) [x86-java]

>ir -v
IronRuby on .NET

>ruby -v
ruby 1.8.6 (2009-08-04 patchlevel 383) [i386-mingw32]

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