Tumblr Is The Latest Company Boasting About PHP7 Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Programming on 11 November 2016 at 08:00 AM EST. 41 Comments
We've talked a lot on Phoronix about PHP 7 due to the mighty impressive performance improvements found in this major update that was released at the end of last year. Many companies have blogged about their positive performance experiences in upgrading to PHP7, many of which we've shared on Phoronix, and Tumblr is now the latest company to boast about their migration from PHP5 to PHP7.

Tumblr has now migrated from PHP 5 to PHP 7 and they are very happy with the results. In a blog post on their engineering site they commented yesterday, "we were looking for performance improvements, but the real-world result was striking. Almost immediately saw the latency drop by half, and the CPU load on the servers decrease at least 50%, often more. Not only were our servers serving pages twice as fast, they were doing it using half the amount of CPU resources."

They are extremely happy with the PHP 7 performance of their internal code and also enjoy the new language features like scalar type hints, return type declarations, anonymous classes, and other improvements. Their post ended with, "PHP 7 is pretty rad!"

You can read the post in full on Tumblr Engineering. For as great PHP 7 is, PHP 8 will likely have a new JIT engine to make things even better.

PHP 7.1 is the next version coming out and due for release still this year. This week marks the release of PHP 7.1 Release Candidate 6. This minor update to PHP7 is expected to ship around late November.
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