[Twisted-web] [Twisted-Python] Speed of rendering?

Peter Westlake peter.westlake at pobox.com
Sat Jan 5 19:48:13 EST 2013

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 19:58, exarkun at twistedmatrix.com wrote:
> On 06:30 pm, peter.westlake at pobox.com wrote:
> >A while back I promised to write some benchmarks for
> >twisted.web.template's flattening functions. Is something like this
> >suitable? If so, I'll add lots more test cases. The output format could
> >be improved, too - any preferences?
> The output should be something that we can load into our codespeed 
> instance.  The output of any of the existing benchmarks in lp:twisted- 
> benchmarks should be a good example of that format (I don't even recall 
> what it is right now - it may not even be a "format" so much as a shape 
> of data to submit to an HTTP API).

It's pretty simple. The main difference is that all the other benchmarks
only print a single result, and I was planning to do a number of tests.
They can always go in separate files if it's a problem.

> The `timeit` module is probably not suitable to use to collect the data, 
> as it makes some questionable choices with respect to measurement 
> technique, and at the very least it's inconsistent with the rest of the 
> benchmarks we have.

What sort of choices? As far as I can see it just gets the time
before the benchmarked code and the time after and subtracts.
That looks quite close to what the other benchmarks do.
What method would you prefer?

> Selecting data to operate on is probably an important part of this 
> benchmark (or collection of benchmarks).  It may not be possible to 
> capture all of the interesting performance characteristics in a single 
> dataset.  However, at least something that includes HTML tags is 
> probably desirable, since that is the primary use-case.

Yes, that's where I'm going to spend most of my effort.

> There are some other Python templating systems with benchmarks.  One 
> approach that might make sense is to try to build analogous benchmarks 
> for twisted.web.template.  (Or perhaps a little thought will reveal that 
> it's not possible to make comparisons between twisted.web.template and 
> those systems, so there's no reason to follow their benchmarking lead.)

I'll do that if I get time, thanks.


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