does anyone know why matlab is faster than scilab? both use compiled code for math operations. and both use up about 200 MB RAM. both are interpreted languages.

probably the matlab interpreter is faster than the scilab interpreter. but why? scilab is being developed by people who are as smart as matlab's people. maybe scilab still needs more time to mature and get faster. if matlab's source code was available, probably the scilab people would have learned the tips and tricks that make matlab faster and used this as a basis for developing scilab.

nonetheless, scilab has become very mature and the GUI is very similar to matlab's (history, variable browser, plot, editor, etc) all can be displayed in one GUI. i want to support this free software by replacing expensive matlab with scilab. i think scilab is sufficient to replace matlab as far as academic use.