Compiler Advances Double Computing Power Every 18 Years
Perhaps this means Programming Language Research should be concentrating on something other than optimizations. Perhaps programmer productivity is a more fruitful arena.
The results of our experiment suggest that Proebsting’s Law is probably true. The reality is somewhat grimmer than Proebsting initially supposed.
How does clang 2.7 hold up in 2021? · GitHub. Back of the napkin analysis of clang performance on 10-year interval. Again, the reality seems to be worse then expected by Proebsting’s law (~10–20% improvement in 10 year interval).
MIR: A lightweight JIT compiler project | Red Hat Developer calculates ~16% improvement in 17 years.
This is true for C, but does it hold for higher-level languages like Haskell? I don’t think so.
Compiler optimization are still worth to pursue (even though Proebsting’s law states otherwise)