Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round.
Our efforts during Round 14 focused on improvements that help us manage the project, mostly by removing some of our manual work.
When we are not running one-off tests or modifying the toolset, the dedicated physical hardware environment at ServerCentral is continuously running the full benchmark suite. We call this "Continuous Benchmarking." As Round 14 was wrapping up, Continuous Benchmarking allowed us to more rapidly deploy multiple preview rounds for review by the community than we have done in previous rounds.
Going forward, we expect Continuous Benchmarking to facilitate immediate procession into community-facing previews of Round 15. We hope to have the first Round 15 preview within a few days.
Paired with the continuous benchmarker is an internally-facing dashboard that shows us how things are progressing. We plan to eventually evolve this into an externally-facing interface for project contributors.
Contributors and the project's community will have seen several renderings of the differences between Round 13 and Round 14. The final capture of differences between Round 13 to Round 14 is an example. These help us confirm changes that are planned or expected and also identify unexpected changes or volatility.
We have, in fact, observed volatility with a small number of frameworks and aim to investigate and address each as time permits. Although the benchmarking suite includes two phases of warmup prior prior to gathering data for each test, we might find that some frameworks or platforms require additional warmup time to be consistent across multiple measurements.
We added Facebook's mention-bot into the project's GitHub repository. This has helped keep past contributors in the loop if and when changes are made to their prior contributions. For example, if a contributor updates the Postgres JDBC driver for the full spectrum of JVM frameworks, the original contributors of those frameworks will be notified by mention-bot. This allows for widespread changes such as a driver update while simultaneously allowing each contributor to override changes according to their framework's best practices.
Previously, we had to either manually notify people or do a bit of testing on our own to determine if the update made sense. In practice, this often meant not bothering to update the driver, which isn't what we want. (Have you seen the big performance boost in the newer Postgres JDBC drivers?)
This project includes a large amount of community-contributed code. Community contributions are up recently and we believe that is thanks to mention-bot. We expect to pass the milestone of 2,000 Pull Requests processed within a week or two. That is amazing.
Thank you so much to all of the contributors! Check out Round 14 and then on to Round 15!