[Numpy-discussion] PSF GSoC 2010 (Py3K focus)

josef.pktd at gmail.com josef.pktd at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 19:59:15 EST 2010

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 7:32 PM, David Cournapeau <david at silveregg.co.jp> wrote:
> josef.pktd at gmail.com wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Pauli Virtanen <pav+sp at iki.fi> wrote:
>>> Mon, 08 Mar 2010 22:39:00 -0700, Charles R Harris wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM, Jarrod Millman
>>>> <millman at berkeley.edu>wrote:
>>>>> I added Titus' email regarding the PSF's focus on Py3K-related
>>>>> projects to our SoC ideas wiki page:
>>>>> http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/wiki/SummerofCodeIdeas
>>>>> Given Titus' email, this is the most likely list of projects we will
>>>>> get accepted this year:
>>>>> - finish porting NumPy to Py3K
>>>> I think Numpy is pretty much done. It needs use testing to wring out any
>>>> small oddities, but it doesn't look to me like a GSOC project at the
>>>> moment. Maybe Pauli can weigh in here.
>>> I think it's pretty much done. Even f2py should work. What's left is
>>> mostly testing it, and fixing any issues that crop up.
>>> Note that the SVN Numpy should preferably still see more testing on
>>> Python 2 against real-world packages that use it, before release. There's
>>> been a significant amount of code churn.
>>>>> - port SciPy to Py3K
>>>> This project might be more appropriate, although I'm not clear on what
>>>> needs to be done.
>>> I think porting Scipy proceeds in these steps:
>>> 1. Set up a similar 2to3-using build system for Python 3 as currently in
>>>   Numpy.
>>> 2. Change the code so that it works both on Python 2 and Python 3.
>>>   This can be done one submodule at a time.
>>>   For C code, the changes required are mainly PyString usage. Some macros
>>>   need to be defined to allow the same code to build on Py2 and Py3.
>>>   Scipy is probably easier to port than Numpy here, since IIRC it doesn't
>>>   mess much with strings, and its use of the Python C-API is much more
>>>   limited. Also, parts written with Cython need essentially no porting.
>>>   For Python code, the main issue is again bytes vs. unicode fixes,
>>>   mainly inserting numpy.compat.asbytes() at correct locations to make
>>>   e.g. bytes literals. All I/O code should be changed to work solely with
>>>   Bytes. Since 2to3 takes care of most the other things, the remaining
>>>   work is in fixing things it mishandles.
>>> I don't have a good estimate for how much work is in making Scipy work.
>>> I'd guess the work needed is probably slightly less than for Numpy.
>> a few questions:
>> Is scipy.special difficult or time consuming to port?
> I don't think it would be - most of it is fortran, so assuming f2py
> works correctly for py3k, there should not be big issues.
>> In the build system, is it possible not to build some subpackages that
>> might be slow in being ported, e.g. ndimage, weave?
> The way I used to do when porting to a new compiler/new platform is
> simply to comment everything but one package at a time in
> scipy/setup.py. linalg/lib/clusters are the first ones to port. I don't
> think special depends on much more than linalg/lib, but I could be wrong.



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