The XMLBench Project: Comparison of Fast, Multi-platform XML libraries
The XML technologies have brought a lot of new ideas and abilities in the field of information management systems. Nowadays, XML is used almost everywhere: from small configuration files to multi-gigabyte archives of measurements. Many network services are using XML as transport protocol. XML based applications are utilizing multiple XML technologies to simplify software development: DOM is used to create and navigate XML documents, XSD schema is used to check consistency and validity, XSL simplifies transformation between different formats, XML Encryption and Signature establishes secure and trustworthy way of information exchange and storage. These technologies are provided by multiple commercial and open source libraries which are significantly varied in features and performance. Moreover, some libraries are optimized to certain tasks and, therefore, the actual library performance could significantly vary depending on the type of data processed. XMLBench project was started to provide comprehensive comparison of available XML toolkits in their functionality and ability to sustain required performance. The main target was fast C and C++ libraries able to work on multiple platforms. The applied tests compare different aspects of XML processing and are run on few auto-generated data sets emulating library usage for different tasks.
The details of test setup and achieved results will be presented.
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