[Numpy-discussion] NumPy on 64-bit Linux (Opteron)

Perry Greenfield perry at stsci.edu
Wed Feb 9 15:34:39 EST 2005

Sebastian Haase wrote:

> Perry,
> Thanks for the answer - that's about what I remembered.
> Is is conceivable to have a compiler flag (#define) to turn all 
> the sequence 
> protocol support off ?  (How many places in the numarray code 
> would that be?)
Offhand, I'm not sure (Todd probably has a much better quick answer
for this question than I do). It is perhaps something that would
allow us to test 64-bit arrays before the Python changes are
ready if it isn't too hard to optionally disable the dependence
on Python sequences. It's worth a quick look at after 1.2 is released.

> I think the wish to just allocate large arrays and (even if in a 
> very limited 
> way!) work with them is clearly shared by many people.
> I always felt having a Py-List longer than billons of elements 
> would have a 
> rather low priority in comparison.
Just to note, we more and more local users who are begining to
have a need for such large arrays too.


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