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You do realize that there exists a project which acts like a JIT for compiled code right?
It exists because a JIT has more information available to than the compiler, it can do a better job at optimization.
The way Raku does it is even better than that because the JIT can actually sort-of ask the compiler what it really wants. Or rather the compiler gives the JIT enough hints ahead of time.
The reason I actually gave a timescale, instead of just saying “future”, is because of the RakuAST project which will end up cleaning a lot of semantic mismatches in the process. It should also make a lot of optimizations easier to perform.
The plan I believe is for Rakudo to switch to it within a year. Which allows 4 to 9 years for optimizations.
Again those optimizations should be easier than the ones that already made Raku faster in some cases.
MoarVM is also getting a new dispatcher that should also be easier to add optimizations to. I don't recall seeing a timescale on that though.
So two of the slowest parts are getting replaced with much more optimizable designs.
An optimization is just a way to push the implementation of a language as far as possible from the semantics of that language without it being noticed.
Of course you want as little semantic mismatches that doesn't allow for optimizations, because that is still code.
Rakudo is made of layers where each layer only has a slight semantic mismatch from its next higher or lower neighbor.
With perl there is pretty much exactly one layer, and it is the top layer. Which means you can't really change it all that much without changing semantics and thus breaking existing code. So there is a vast sea of optimizations that are just not possible.
Also I would really like to know how allowing you to change what is considered whitespace as a semantic mismatch. Because it really isn't.
The semantic mismatch between what is in my head and Raku is less than the mismatch with Perl.
That is the most important mismatch to reduce, because it is the only one that can't be optimized away.