[Numpy-discussion] Dropping support for Accelerate

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers at gmail.com
Sat Sep 16 00:40:02 EDT 2017

On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 10:50 PM, Ilhan Polat <ilhanpolat at gmail.com> wrote:

> A few months ago, I had the innocent intention to wrap LDLt decomposition
> routines of LAPACK into SciPy but then I am made aware that the minimum
> required version of LAPACK/BLAS was due to Accelerate framework. Since then
> I've been following the core SciPy team and others' discussion on this
> issue.
> We have been exchanging opinions for quite a while now within various
> SciPy issues and PRs about the ever-increasing Accelerate-related issues
> and I've compiled a brief summary about the ongoing discussions to reduce
> the clutter.
> First, I would like to kindly invite everyone to contribute and sharpen
> the cases presented here
> https://github.com/scipy/scipy/wiki/Dropping-support-for-Accelerate
> The reason I specifically wanted to post this also in NumPy mailing list
> is to probe for the situation from the NumPy-Accelerate perspective. Is
> there any NumPy specific problem that would indirectly effect SciPy should
> the support for Accelerate is dropped?

An update on this: discussion on https://github.com/scipy/scipy/pull/6051
has mostly converged, and we're about to decide to start requiring a higher
LAPACK version (after 1.0, no changes for the next release). Looks like
that'll be LAPACK 3.4.0 for now.

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