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Raspberry Pi 2 Speed

I just benchmarked my new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B against my old Raspberry Pi 1 Model B using the ClojureScript Quick Start Guide (specifically timing the build step):

time java -cp cljs.jar:src clojure.main build.clj

On the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B this takes 61.59 seconds, whereas on the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B this takes 18.42 seconds!

Raspberry Pi 2
My Raspberry Pi 2 in a very fetching PiBow Coupé case

For comparison, on my MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013, 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM), while lots of software was running, so not a complete fair test (the Pis were booted up into the console, not even running X) this takes 5.75 seconds.

Considering the difference in specifications of these machines, the Raspberry Pi 2 is remarkably fast. I could even load up and play with Sonic Pi pretty quickly (on the original Model B that took long enough to make a cup of tea).

Looks like I’m going to be drinking less tea in the future.

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