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MoarVM 2014.04

Threading improvements, mutexes, condition variables, semaphores and blocking concurrent queues have arrived! This releaes takes big steps towards supporting Perl 6 concurrency features. Better still, it adds dynamic optimization of bytecode, and many other improvements. Enjoy!

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What is MoarVM?

Short for "Metamodel On A Runtime", MoarVM is a virtual machine built especially for Rakudo Perl 6 and the NQP Compiler Toolchain. While still being under very active development, MoarVM already stands out amongst the various Rakudo and NQP compilation targets by typically:

  • Running the Perl 6 specification test suite in the least time
  • Passing more of the Perl 6 specification tests than Rakudo Perl 6 on other backends
  • Having the lowest memory usage
  • Having the best startup time
  • Being fastest to build both NQP and Rakudo - and thus in theory your Perl 6 and NQP programs too!

For long-running workloads where startup time doesn't matter, or when you need tried-and-tested, mature threading support, Rakudo on the JVM is a better bet; its JIT compiler gets to work and makes quite a difference. For maximum module coverage, Rakudo on Parrot still leads for now; we're working hard on closing the gap.