[IronPython] Better NumPy/SciPy Support for IronPython

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Thu Jul 1 23:44:21 CEST 2010

On 01/07/2010 20:14, Dave Fugate wrote:
> Enthought <http://www.enthought.com/>, a company specialized in 
> Python-based scientific computing solutions, announced 
> <http://www.enthought.com/media/SciPyNumPyDotNet.pdf> a partnership 
> with Microsoft several hours ago at the SciPy 2010 
> <https://conference.scipy.org/scipy2010/index.html> conference in 
> which they're porting over the NumPy and SciPy <http://www.scipy.org/> 
> scientific software packages to IronPython.  A significant part of 
> this effort involves duplicating these packages' C-based modules in 
> .NET.  Previously, these libraries could only be consumed from 
> IronPython very slowly using a C to .NET bridge.

Is there any evidence (metrics) that using the Ironclad C to .NET bridge 
is "very slow"? I can believe there are places where it is slower but 
but I've never seen enthought (or any one else) show metrics of this.


>   Not only will this porting effort drastically improve the 
> performance of Python's top scientific packages under IronPython, it's 
> fantastic for NumPy/SciPy in the sense that it enables an entirely new 
> community of (.NET) developers to utilize and contribute to these 
> libraries. Also, Enthought's refactoring work will make it easier to 
> run these packages against all implementations of Python, not just 
> IronPython. It's expected that NumPy will be finished by September and 
> SciPy before the end of the year.
> The IronPython Team
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