Implementation of Unicode Normalization (NFC, NFD, NFKC, NFKD), and a partial implementation of Normal Form Grapheme. Unicode Database upgraded to version 7.0. Completed integration of parameterized types and bounded serialization. More compact serialization of objects, and a range of startup time improvements. And numerous other improvements to I/O, portability, native calling, and more!
Short for "Metamodel On A Runtime", MoarVM is a virtual machine built especially for Rakudo Perl 6 and the NQP Compiler Toolchain. MoarVM stands out amongst the various Rakudo and NQP compilation targets by:
For long-running workloads where startup time doesn't matter and you need tried-and-tested threading support, Rakudo on the JVM may be a better bet. It may also - once the slow startup is overcome - win on performance for some workloads, once its sophisticated JIT compiler gets to work. MoarVM is under active development in these areas, and the gap will close as time goes by.