benchtable

Benchmark.js results in ascii tables for NodeJS

Benchtable

Benchtable is a NodeJS module which provides an easy way to run performance tests for a set of JavaScript functions on a set of inputs, and display the evaluation results as an ASCII table.

This is useful for situations when you are:

  • evaluating the performance of a single function for a range of inputs (e.g. of different size)
  • comparing the performance of a set of functions for a specific input (e.g. different implementations of same functionality)
  • comparing the performance of a set of functions for the same set of inputs

Benchtable is not a new JavaScript benchmarking framework -- it extends the already excellent benchmark.js framework. Benchmarks are executed using benchmark.js and displayed using cli-table.

  • a Benchtable suite is an extension (subclass) of the Benchmark.js Suite API
  • a simple API for defining benchmarks functions and inputs
  • display of benchmarking results as an ASCII table, with ops/sec measure used for table data
  • simple visual identification of functions with best and worst performance for each input using color highlighting (red = worst, green = best)
npm i --save benchtable

BenchTable is a class extended from the benchmark.js's Benchmark.Suite class - all functions exposed by Benchmark.Suite are also provided by Benchtable and therefore a Benchtable object may be used like an ordinary Benchmark.Suite.

The Benchmark.Suite.prototype.add method can be used to add functions to be benchmarked, and while such functions will indeed be benchmarked with Benchtable–their results will not be shown in the results ASCII table.

Please use the BenchTable's addFunction and addInput methods for specifying BenchTable benchmarks, as shown below.

The BenchTable constructor. BenchTable is extended from Benchmark.Suite.

  • String name: A name to identify the suite.
  • String options: Options object. A special boolean option isTransposed is available for Benchtable–if set to true, the output ASCII table will be transposed: the benchmarked functions will be organized into columns, while inputs will be organized into rows. This is useful for situations where the number of inputs is large, and the number of functions is small. This option defaults to false.

Use the 'cycle' event to store results and build a table after all BenchTable functions are evaluated for all inputs.

Runs the suite.

Specify functions to be benchmarked. This function may be called multiple times to add multiple functions.

  • String name: A name to identify the function.
  • Function fun: The test to benchmark.
  • Object options: The options object.
  • BenchTable The BenchTable instance.

Specify inputs for functions. This function may be called multiple times to add multiple inputs.

  • String name: A name to identify the input.
  • Array input: The array containing arguments that will be passed to each benchmarked function. Therefore, the number of elements in the input array should match the number of arguments of each specified function (i.e. the array will be "unpacked" when invoking functions, they will not receive a single array argument).
  • BenchTable The BenchTable instance.

Get results table.

After all benchmarks are finished, the complete event is fired and the cli-table table instance with the results is available through the BenchTable.prototype.table property.

The ASCII string serialization of the table is obtained by calling .toString() on that object.

var suite = new BenchTable();
...
suite.on('complete', () => {
  suite.table.toString();
});

This is the Benchtable version of the example from the Benchmark.js homepage. Also available in the examples directory.

// Import the benchtable module 
var BenchTable = require('benchtable');
 
// Create benchtable suite 
var suite = new BenchTable();
 
suite
    // Add functions for benchmarking 
    .addFunction('RegExp#test', s => /o/.test(s))
    .addFunction('String#indexOf', s => s.indexOf('o') > -1)
    // Add inputs 
    .addInput('Short string', ['Hello world!'])
    .addInput('Long string', ['This is a very big string, isnt it? It is. Really. So, hello world!'])
    .addInput('Very long string', [`This is a ${new Array(100).join('very ')} + 'big string, isnt it? It is. ${new Array(100).join('Really. ')} So, hello world!`])
    .addInput('Extremely long string', [`This is a ${new Array(10000).join('very ')} + 'big string, isnt it? It is. ${new Array(10000).join('Really. ')} So, hello world!`])
    // Add listeners 
    .on('cycle', event => {
      console.log(event.target.toString());
    })
    .on('complete', () => {
      console.log('Fastest is ' + suite.filter('fastest').map('name'));
      console.log(suite.table.toString());
    })
    // Run async 
    .run({ async: false })
    ;
 
// => 
// RegExp#test for inputs Short string x 11,037,873 ops/sec ±0.57% (100 runs sampled) 
// RegExp#test for inputs Long string x 10,114,587 ops/sec ±0.42% (100 runs sampled) 
// RegExp#test for inputs Very long string x 7,534,743 ops/sec ±0.33% (101 runs sampled) 
// RegExp#test for inputs Extremely long string x 304,666 ops/sec ±0.25% (101 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Short string x 13,400,084 ops/sec ±0.28% (99 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Long string x 12,947,759 ops/sec ±0.33% (100 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Very long string x 8,489,440 ops/sec ±0.31% (101 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Extremely long string x 306,018 ops/sec ±0.26% (100 runs sampled) 
// Fastest is String#indexOf for inputs Short string 
// +----------------+--------------------+--------------------+-------------------+-----------------------+ 
// |                │ Short string       │ Long string        │ Very long string  │ Extremely long string | 
// +----------------+--------------------+--------------------+-------------------+-----------------------+ 
// | RegExp#test    │ 11,037,873 ops/sec │ 10,114,587 ops/sec │ 7,534,743 ops/sec │ 304,666 ops/sec       | 
// +----------------+--------------------+--------------------+-------------------+-----------------------+ 
// | String#indexOf │ 13,400,084 ops/sec │ 12,947,759 ops/sec │ 8,489,440 ops/sec │ 306,018 ops/sec       | 
// +----------------+--------------------+--------------------+-------------------+-----------------------+ 

If the Benchtable object is initialized with the {isTransposed : true} option (see this example), the script produces the same output but with rows and columns transposed:

...
var suite = new BenchTable('test', {isTransposed : true});
...
// => 
// RegExp#test for inputs Short string x 11,139,499 ops/sec ±0.56% (97 runs sampled) 
// RegExp#test for inputs Long string x 10,370,952 ops/sec ±0.66% (97 runs sampled) 
// RegExp#test for inputs Very long string x 7,386,009 ops/sec ±0.60% (98 runs sampled) 
// RegExp#test for inputs Extremely long string x 297,936 ops/sec ±0.40% (99 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Short string x 12,844,042 ops/sec ±0.44% (96 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Long string x 12,474,178 ops/sec ±0.48% (98 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Very long string x 8,471,914 ops/sec ±0.36% (94 runs sampled) 
// String#indexOf for inputs Extremely long string x 301,176 ops/sec ±0.43% (93 runs sampled) 
// Fastest is String#indexOf for inputs Short string 
// +-----------------------+--------------------+--------------------+ 
// |                       │ RegExp#test        │ String#indexOf     | 
// +-----------------------+--------------------+--------------------+ 
// | Short string          │ 11,139,499 ops/sec │ 12,844,042 ops/sec | 
// +-----------------------+--------------------+--------------------+ 
// | Long string           │ 10,370,952 ops/sec │ 12,474,178 ops/sec | 
// +-----------------------+--------------------+--------------------+ 
// | Very long string      │ 7,386,009 ops/sec  │ 8,471,914 ops/sec  | 
// +-----------------------+--------------------+--------------------+ 
// | Extremely long string │ 297,936 ops/sec    │ 301,176 ops/sec    | 
// +-----------------------+--------------------+--------------------+ 

Want to contribute to this project? See information here.

Benchtable is developed by Ivan Zuzak <izuzak@gmail.com>.

Benchtable is built with or uses many open-source projects:

  • cli-table - used for drawing ASCII tables
  • benchmark.js - used for running benchmarks
  • color-it - used for coloring of worst and best results in tables

Licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.