[Numpy-discussion] Intel random number package

Sebastian Berg sebastian at sipsolutions.net
Wed Oct 26 12:36:35 EDT 2016

On Mi, 2016-10-26 at 09:29 -0700, Robert Kern wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 9:10 AM, Julian Taylor <jtaylor.debian at google
> mail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On 10/26/2016 06:00 PM, Julian Taylor wrote:
> >> I prefer for the full functionality of numpy to stay available
> with a
> >> stack of community owned software, even if it may be less powerful
> that
> >> way.
> >
> > But then if this is really just the same random numbers numpy
> already provides just faster, it is probably acceptable in principle.
> I haven't actually looked at the PR yet.
> I think the stream is different in some places, at least. And it's
> not a silent backend drop-in like np.linalg being built against an
> optimized BLAS, just a separate module that is inoperative without
> MKL.

I might be swayed, but my gut feeling would be that a backend change
(if the default stream changes, an explicit one, though maybe one could
make a "fastest") would be the only reasonable way to provide such a
thing in numpy itself.

- Sebastian

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