[Numpy-discussion] IDL vs Python parallel computing

Siegfried Gonzi siegfried.gonzi at ed.ac.uk
Thu May 8 04:22:09 EDT 2014

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> On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Sturla Molden <sturla.molden at gmail.com> wrote:
> That said, reading data stored in text files is usually a CPU-bound 
> operation, and if someone wrote the code to make numpy's text file 
> readers multithreaded, and did so in a maintainable way, then we'd 
> probably accept the patch. The only reason this hasn't happened is 
> that no-one's done it.

To add to the confusion what IDL offers:


I am not using IDL (and was never interested in IDL at all as it is a 
horrible language) any more except for some legacy code. Nowadays I am 
mostly on Python.

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