[Numpy-discussion] Float16 and PEP 3118

Mark Wiebe mwwiebe at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 12:23:15 EST 2010

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM, Pauli Virtanen <pav at iki.fi> wrote:

> Before introducing a PEP 3118 type code for half floats in the PEP, one
> would need to argue the Python people to add it to the struct module.
> Before that, the choices probably are:
> - refuse to export buffers containing half floats

I think this is the better option, code that needs to do this can create an
int16 view for the time being.

> - export half floats as two bytes

This would throw away the byte-order, a problem much harder to track down
for the user than the other option.

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