This blog posting was originally supplied by Luke Church. IT was inadvertently deleted. I have recovered the textual portion for record keeping.
A faster DesignScript
The existing versions of DesignScript are due to expire at the end of March, so it's time to extend that and share some of our latest improvements with you. There's a new build available that will add another 6 months to the expiry date, as well as a number of other improvements.
The big one is that DesignScript is now a good bit faster. As an example, lets stack some bricks like this [link ‘this' to: http://thelifecomputational.blogspot.com/2013/02/computational-bricklaying-with-ds-and-c.html ]
In the previous build of DesignScript this took my laptop 5729ms. In the build now available it takes 3775ms. That's a speedup of 1.5 times, or 34% faster!
The exact speedup will differ based on properties of the model. Our performance test suites show 30% improvement is pretty typical, with some very compute intensive models improving by as much as 98% (our implementation of the N-Body [link ‘N-Body' to http://benchmarksgame.alioth.debian.org/u32/performance.php?test=nbody] benchmark)
We're by no means done making DesignScript faster, or adding new features. We generally don't like to talk about what we’re going to be doing in the future, we’d prefer to just give it to you when we’re ready for feedback, but every now and again a hint of a new feature slips through the net before its ready...
In some circumstances, you'll see an ‘Import Data' menu item like the above. For now, it inserts some code that doesn’t do much. So please just ignore it, and take it as a teaser of exciting things to come ?
You can find the full release notes for the build here [link ‘here' to: http://labs.autodesk.com/sites/default/files/Release%20Notes%188.8.131.5298.pdf]
Enjoy the new, faster, DesignScript. And as always, do get in touch; we'd love to hear from you.
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