jmiller at stsci.edu
Mon Sep 13 16:19:37 CEST 2004
Release Notes for numarray-1.1
Numarray is an array processing package designed to efficiently
manipulate large multi-dimensional arrays. Numarray is modelled after
Numeric and features c-code generated from python template scripts,
the capacity to operate directly on arrays in files, and improved type
Although numarray-1.1 is predominantly a bugfix release, if you use
numarray, I strongly recommend upgrading.
986194 Add SMP threading
Build/install with --smp to enable ufuncs to release the GIL during
their compute loops. You have to supply your own threads and
partition your array computations among them to realize any SMP
benefit. This adds overhead so don't do it unless you have multiple
CPUs and know how to manage multiple compute threads.
1016142 CharArray eval() too slow
CharArray.fasteval() was modified to use strtod() rather than Python's
eval(). This makes it ~70x faster for converting CharArrays to
NumArrays. fasteval() no longer works for complex types. eval()
still works for everything.
989618 Document memmap.py (memory mapping)
996177 Unsigned int type support limited
1008968 Add kroenecker product
II. BUGS FIXED / CLOSED
984286 max.reduce of byteswapped array
Sebastian Haase reported that the reduction of large (>100KB)
byteswapped arrays did not work correctly. This bug affected
reductions and accumulations of byteswapped and misaligned arrays
causing them to produce incorrect answers. Thanks Sebastian!
1011456 numeric compatibility byteoffset
numarray's Numeric compatibility C-API didn't correctly account for
the byte offsets produced by sub-arrays and array slices. This was
fixed by re-defining the meaning of the ->data pointer in the
PyArrayObject struct to include byteoffset. NA_OFFSETDATA() was
likewise redefined to return ->data rather than ->data + ->byteoffset.
Correctly written code is still source compatible. Incorrectly
written code will generally be transparently fixed. Code which
accounted for byteoffset without using NA_OFFSETDATA() will break.
This bug affected functions in numarray.numeric as well as add-on
packages like numarray.linear_algebra and numarray.fft.
1009462 matrixmultiply (a,b) leaves b transposed
Many people reported this side effect. Thanks to all.
919297 Windows build fails VC++ 7.0
964356 random_array.randint exceeds boundaries
985710 buffer not aligned on 8 byte boundary (Windows-98 broken)
990328 Object Array repr for >1000 elements
997898 Invalid sequences errors
1004600 Segfault in array element deletion
1005537 Incorrect handling of overlapping assignments in Numarray
1008375 Weirdness with 'new' method
1008462 searchsorted bug and fix
1009309 randint bug fix patch
1015896 a.is_c_array() mixed int/bool results
1016140 argsort of string arrays
for more details.
1. This release is binary incompatible with numarray-1.0. Writers of
C-extensions which directly reference the byteoffset field of the
PyArrayObject should be aware that the data pointer is now the sum of
byteoffset and the buffer base pointer. All C extensions which use
the numarray C-API must be recompiled. This incompatibility was an
unfortunate consequence of the fix for "numeric compatibility
Numarray-1.1 windows executable installers, source code, and manual is
Numarray is hosted by Source Forge in the same project which hosts
The web page for Numarray information is at:
Trackers for Numarray Bugs, Feature Requests, Support, and Patches are
at the Source Forge project for NumPy at:
numarray-1.1 requires Python 2.2.2 or greater.
Numarray was written by Perry Greenfield, Rick White, Todd Miller, JC
Hsu, Paul Barrett, Phil Hodge at the Space Telescope Science
Institute. We'd like to acknowledge the assitance of Francesc Alted,
Paul Dubois, Sebastian Haase, Tim Hochberg, Nadav Horesh, Edward
C. Jones, Eric Jones, Jochen Kuepper, Travis Oliphant, Pearu Peterson,
Peter Verveer, Colin Williams, and everyone else who has contributed
with comments and feedback.
Numarray is made available under a BSD-style License. See
LICENSE.txt in the source distribution for details.
Todd Miller jmiller at stsci.edu
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