Computing file hashes with node.js – part 2

At some point, I wrote this piece about how much computing file hashes in node.js used to suck.

Fast forward for about two and half years. At least under OS X, the situation is dramatically changed:

# node.js implementation
 
time node sha256.js xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
b952308743f1cce2089e03714a54774070891efaef4e7e537b714ee64295efe6  xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
node sha256.js xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso  5.33s user 0.89s system 108% cpu 5.729 total
 
time node sha256.js xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
b952308743f1cce2089e03714a54774070891efaef4e7e537b714ee64295efe6  xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
node sha256.js xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso  4.80s user 0.63s system 108% cpu 4.977 total
# GNU coreutils sha256sum implementation
 
time gsha256sum xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
b952308743f1cce2089e03714a54774070891efaef4e7e537b714ee64295efe6  xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
gsha256sum xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso  6.23s user 0.18s system 99% cpu 6.432 total
 
time gsha256sum xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
b952308743f1cce2089e03714a54774070891efaef4e7e537b714ee64295efe6  xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
gsha256sum xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso  6.28s user 0.17s system 98% cpu 6.529 total
# openssl 0.9.8y implementation
 
time openssl dgst -sha256 xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
SHA256(xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso)= b952308743f1cce2089e03714a54774070891efaef4e7e537b714ee64295efe6
openssl dgst -sha256 xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso  6.28s user 0.25s system 99% cpu 6.565 total
 
time openssl dgst -sha256 xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso
SHA256(xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso)= b952308743f1cce2089e03714a54774070891efaef4e7e537b714ee64295efe6
openssl dgst -sha256 xubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso  6.28s user 0.24s system 98% cpu 6.632 total

It is nice to see that it improved so much that it sits on top of the performance list, even though the difference is pretty much negligible now. It even makes use of more than one CPU core.

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