Lies, damned lies, and benchmarks: is IE9 cheating at SunSpider?

The SunSpider JavaScript performance benchmark, devised by the developers of the WebKit browser engine, is used and quoted widely as a measure of browser scripting performance. A surprising result was recently noticed by a Mozilla developer, Rob Sayre, looking at Internet Explorer 9's performance in this test. On one of the many subtests it performs, Internet Explorer 9 was finishing the subtest almost instantly.

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