Comparing Python on a M1 MacBook Pro Max with Intel MacBookPro (2016)
Python is probably the most widely used programming language in Cheminformatics at the moment and several readers have asked me to run a couple of benchmark tests. I've already tested a Jupyter notebook and that worked fine, the RDKit comparison also includes a fair amount of python code. Fortunately there are a few benchmarks that are well documented here https://benchmarksgame-team.pages.debian.net/benchmarksgame/index.html.
I used a couple of the benchmarks using the python implementation
Plot the Mandelbrot set [-1.5-i,0.5+i] on an N-by-N bitmap. Write output byte-by-byte in portable bitmap format.
time python -OO mandelbrot.py 16000
Model the orbits of Jovian planets, using the same simple symplectic-integrator.
time python -OO nbody.py 50000000
time python -OO binarytrees.py 21
The timings are shown in the table below.
|Test||Intel time||M1 max time||M2 Air time|
|Mandelbrot||2 min 44s||34s||54s|
|N-body||7 min 17s||3 min 57s||4 min 21s|
|BinaryTrees||46 sec||12 secs||16 secs|
List of tools tested https://www.macinchem.org/reviews/MacBooks/m1macbookpromax.php
Last update 6 August 2022