A graph represents a key structure in computer science and they are known to be difficult to work with in functional programming languages. Several libraries are being implemented to create and process graphs in Haskell, each of them using different graph representation: Data.Graph from containers, fgl, hash-graph and alga. Due to their differences and the lack of a common benchmark, it is not easy for a new user to select the one that will best fit their project. The new approach of alga seems particularly interesting since the way it deals with graphs is based on tangible mathematical results. Still, it is not very user friendly and it lacks some important features like widely-used algorithms or edge labels.
Therefore, I propose to develop a benchmarking suite that will establish a reference benchmark for these libraries, as well as to enhance alga’s capabilities.