I know this is a n00b question, so I apologize ahead of time.
I've been taking a look at they python interpreter, trying to
understand how it works on the compiled byte-codes. Looking
through the sources of the 2.4.1 stable version, it looks like
Python/ceval.c is the module that does the main dispatch.
However, it looks like a switched interpreter. I just find this
surprising because python seems to run pretty fast, and a switched
interpreter is usually painfully slow.
Is there work to change python into a direct-threaded or even JIT'ed
interpreter? Has there been previous discussion on this
topic? I'd greatly appreciate any pointers to discussions on this
topic. Thus far my google-fu has not turned up fruitful
Thanks in advance for any help!