On Thu, Oct 07, 2021 at 03:52:56PM -0400, Sam Gross wrote:
I've been working on changes to CPython to allow it to run without the global interpreter lock. I'd like to share a working proof-of-concept that can run without the GIL.
Getting Python to run without the GIL has never been a major problem for CPython (and of course some other Python interpreters don't have a GIL at all). I think the first attempt was in 1999, a mere handful of years after Python was released.
The problem has been removing the GIL without seriously degrading performance. How does your GIL-less CPython fork perform? Especially for single-threaded code.
Have you been following progress of the GILectomy?
Single threaded code is still, and always will be, an important part of Python's ecosystem. A lot of people would be annoyed if the cost of speeding up heavily threaded Python by a small percentage would be to slow down single-threaded Python by a large percentage.