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Re: lisp machines vs. lisp on other boxes.
Just to put a further twist in the conversation, we've just finished
doing a preliminary analysis of Lucid Vs Franz lisp on a Sun 3/50 (4mb
diskless) and came up with one overriding observarion. Lucid was
unacceptably slow. We attempted to compile 2 moderate sized files under
Lucid, and after 30 minutes gave up. Both files compiled in about 8 min
with Franz. Secondly, garbage collection appears to be faster although
I don't have any firm numbers in front of me, I do remember that a
garbage collect on a 160 with 16 mb mem (16 meg swap file also) took 5.2
seconds with Franz.