re: Anybody keeping up with TruffleRuby? VIEW POST


To those thinking Ruby JIT will be as fast, GraalVM and Truffle Ruby is literally hundreds of million dollar investment from Oracle over the past few years and more. I seriously doubt Ruby JIT will be anywhere close, and it is not a fair comparison anyway.

TruffleRuby has been aiming to run Rails for two years now, so it is close, but like any project the last 20% bits and pieces tends to take as much time as the first 80%.

They are trying to be a drop in replacement for MRI, with Sulong you can execute C, and other programming languages ( Including Javascript ) that can be transformed to LLVM bitcode on GraalVM. Unfortunately C extensions are hard to get right. So they had to even go and fix the C extension themselves.

I think they do need a bit more help from the Rails communities, unfortunately it seems everyone is avoiding anything from Oracle like plague. While Oracle might not be a companies to trust, they have been a very decent Java Stewards for many years now, and there is nothing stopping you from forking the entire project which is open sources.

Chris Seaton twitter.com/chrisgseaton is now working in Shopify, although he did said he is not trying to get Rails inside Shopify to be running on TuffleRuby yet.

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