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Criterium measures the computation time of an expression. It is designed to address some of the pitfalls of benchmarking, and benchmarking on the JVM in particular.

This includes:

  • statistical processing of multiple evaluations
  • inclusion of a warm-up period, designed to allow the JIT compiler to optimise its code
  • purging of gc before testing, to isolate timings from GC state prior to testing
  • a final forced GC after testing to estimate impact of cleanup on the timing results



Add the following to your :dependencies:

[criterium "0.4.1"]




The top level interface is in criterium.core.

(use 'criterium.core)

Use bench to run a benchmark in a simple manner.

(bench (Thread/sleep 1000))
                   Execution time mean : 1.000803 sec
          Execution time std-deviation : 328.501853 us
         Execution time lower quantile : 1.000068 sec ( 2.5%)
         Execution time upper quantile : 1.001186 sec (97.5%)

By default bench is quiet about its progress. Run with-progress-reporting to get progress information on *out*.

(with-progress-reporting (bench (Thread/sleep 1000) :verbose))
(with-progress-reporting (quick-bench (Thread/sleep 1000) :verbose))

Lower level functions are available, that separate benchmark statistic generation and reporting.

(report-result (benchmark (Thread/sleep 1000)) {:verbose true})
(report-result (quick-benchmark (Thread/sleep 1000)))

Note that results are returned to the user to prevent JIT from recognising that the results are not used.


API Documentation Annotated Source

See Elliptic Group for a Java benchmarking library. The accompanying article describes many of the JVM benchmarking pitfalls.

See Criterion for a Haskell benchmarking library that applies many of the same statistical techniques.


Serial correlation detection. Multimodal distribution detection. Use kernel density estimators?


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