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bug#31138: Native json slower than json.el


From: Sébastien Chapuis
Subject: bug#31138: Native json slower than json.el
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:59:46 +0800

Sorry for not being clear, my main concern was the difference when
wrapping json-parse-string with with-temp-buffer or not.

You are right, I tested with the current master branch and it is
faster (emacs -Q):

(with-current-buffer  "large.json"
  (benchmark-run 10 (json-parse-string (buffer-string))))
;;; (1.45898128 10 0.15294547200000003)

(with-current-buffer  "large.json"
  (let ((str (buffer-string)))
    (benchmark-run 10 (with-temp-buffer (json-parse-string str)))))
;;; (0.706171416 10 0.18795709700000002)

(with-current-buffer  "large.json"
  (let ((str (buffer-string)))
    (benchmark-run 10 (with-temp-buffer (json-read-from-string str)))))
;;; (2.476727624 138 1.5660531400000006)

I have tested to read the file literally, as you suggested and there
is now no difference with or without with-temp-buffer (emacs -Q):

(with-current-buffer (find-file-noselect "large.json" nil t)
  (benchmark-run 10 (json-parse-string (buffer-string))))
;;; (0.7011264119999999 10 0.118889765)

(with-current-buffer  (find-file-noselect "large.json" nil t)
  (let ((str (buffer-string)))
    (benchmark-run 10 (with-temp-buffer (json-parse-string str)))))
;;; (0.7159130309999999 10 0.15112133999999997)

For the context, with lsp-mode, we have users complaining about
performance of json-parse-string [1].
Some have found out that the function is way faster with emacs -Q but
it is "dead slow" with their Spacemacs setup.

In lsp-mode, we are reading child process output by calling
`make-process` with `:coding 'no-conversion`, I think it has the same
behavior than reading a file "literally" ?
Is there anything else we could do to improve the performance from
reading the process output ?

Now the problem is how can we have the same performance with a regular
emacs setup than with emacs -Q ?
With my emacs setup, I have this result:

(with-current-buffer (find-file-noselect "large.json" nil t)
  (benchmark-run 10 (json-parse-string (buffer-string))))
;;; (1.515018996 10 0.5256668049999996)

(with-current-buffer (find-file-noselect "large.json" nil t)
  (let ((str (buffer-string)))
    (benchmark-run 10 (with-temp-buffer (json-parse-string str)))))
;;; (1.156755376 10 0.5596599300000001)

This is almost 2x slower than with emacs -Q.
Note that there is still a difference with and without `with-temp-buffer`.
What can we do to reach emacs -Q performance ?

Thanks for your time,
Sebastien Chapuis

[1] https://github.com/emacs-lsp/lsp-mode/issues/210#issuecomment-471314904

Le sam. 23 mars 2019 à 17:40, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> a écrit :
>
> > Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:15:26 +0200
> > From: Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>
> > Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
> >
> > So on my system the native JSON support does this job about 4 times
> > faster than the Lisp implementation.  I see the same ratio of 4
> > consistently in both optimized and unoptimized builds of Emacs (the
> > above numbers are from an optimized build).
>
> I've just tried on another system, and there I get the native JSON
> support 3 times faster than json.el.





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