[Numpy-discussion] numpy.scons: 2nd alpha
David Cournapeau
david at ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Wed Nov 7 08:45:37 EST 2007
Hi,
I have just finished to implement everything I wanted to do for a
2nd alpha for numpy.scons. Most of the work since 1st alpha was
infrastructure polishing (performance library, fortran): now, most
common performance libraries are fully supported (MKL and ATLAS on
linux, sunperf on solaris, vecLib/Accelerate on Mac OS X). I would
appreciate people testing the branch
http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/numpy/wiki/NumpyScons#Gettingthecode
There are minor problem preventing the thing to build on windows for
some reasons, but this will be fixed soon. Basically, the whole design
is now done, and it should be able to support all the platforms (and
more) currently supported by numpy.distutils. I would really like to
hear about people intimated with numpy.distutils, and package developers
for some things I may have missed. I think numpy.scons is now much
better and easier as a build system, but I am obviously biased.
Most significant changes since 1st alpha:
Documentation
=============
I started to put more documentation on the numpy wiki:
http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/numpy/wiki/NumpyScons
There is also some basic description on the design:
http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/numpy/browser/branches/numpy.scons/numpy/distutils/scons/doc/DESIGN
Configuration check
===================
- performance libraries are globally supported (default and site.cfg
configuration): MKL, ATLAS, Accelerate/vecLib and Sunperf are
implemented. Adding a new performance library can be as easy as a 5
lines code.
- 'meta' checkers are now reusing code from performance libraries:
Both CBLAS and LAPACK are implemented.
This means that numpy can now be entirely built with scons, using
optimized libraries on the following platforms:
- solaris with sunperf and sunstudio (this one has not been
extensively tested: it looks like every solaris machine I have access to
behaves really differently).
- mac os X and Gnu toolchain
- linux + ATLAS/MKL + gnu toolchain
I am now relatively happy with the code for BLAS/LAPACK and performance
libraries implementation. It is easily extensible and quite flexible.
Generci library check
=====================
I have updated and improved the basic checker, NumpyCheckLibAndHeader.
This should cover most basic needs (check for a library with some
functions and some headers), and should be able to replace system_info
for many cases. For example, the following will check for the function
sf_open in the library sndfile, with header sndfile.h:
config.NumpyCheckLibAndHeader(*'sndfile'*, *'sf_open'*, *'sndfile.h'*, section = *'sndfile'*)
section is optional, and tells the checker to use sndfile section in
site.cfg if found.
Fortran support
===============
I have polished fortran support: in perticular, name mangling for F77
and F90 is implemented and has been tested with
g77/gfortran/ifort/sunfort on various platforms. It also defines
variables usable by f2py
(http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/numpy/wiki/NumpySconsExtExamples#UsingFortran).
cheers,
David
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