Threads vs Coroutines - ParallelMap Performance

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  • jmh

    In the last episode we implemented a parallelMap operation using streams, raw threads, a threadpool with futures, and coroutines. At first glance the raw threads was quickest, followed by futures, coroutines and then streams. In this, part 56 of an exploration of where a Test Driven Development implementation of the Gilded Rose stock control system might take us in Kotlin, we investigate the performance of the different functions further, in particular digging down into why coroutines seem to be slow and finding a way to speed them up. We also find a way to use a particular ForkJoinPool to run the streams code, making it as fast as the others (bar the raw threads). Frankly we only use very rough benchmarks here, with no statistical testing except 'it looks like'. That's OK for gross differences, but is highly suspect when deciding which of two similarly performant approaches is faster. For that check out JMH and you could watch my video from KotlinConf 2017

  • gilded-rose-tdd

    A TDD implementation of the Gilded Rose stock control system

    You can see the code on GitHub

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