Simon Willison’s Weblog


Performance analysis indicates that SQLite spends very little time doing bytecode decoding and dispatch. Most CPU cycles are consumed in walking B-Trees, doing value comparisons, and decoding records—all of which happens in compiled C code. Bytecode dispatch is using less than 3% of the total CPU time, according to my measurements.

So at least in the case of SQLite, compiling all the way down to machine code might provide a performance boost 3% or less. That’s not very much, considering the size, complexity, and portability costs involved.

D. Richard Hipp