[Numpy-discussion] start of an array (tensor) and dataframe API standardization initiative

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 13:19:53 EST 2020

Hi all,

I'd like to share an update on this topic. The draft array API standard is
now ready for wider review:

- Blog post: https://data-apis.org/blog/array_api_standard_release
- Array API standard document: https://data-apis.github.io/array-api/latest/
- Repo: https://github.com/data-apis/array-api/

It would be great if people - and in particular, NumPy maintainers - could
have a look at it and see if that looks sensible from a NumPy perspective
and whether the goals and benefits of adopting it are described clearly
enough and are compelling.

I'm sure a NEP will be needed for proposing adoption of the standard once
it is closer to completion, and work out what that means for interaction
with the array protocol NEPs and/or NEP 37, and how an implementation would
look. It's a bit early for that now, I'm thinking maybe by the end of the
year. Some initial discussion now would be useful though, since it's easier
to make changes now rather than when that API standard is already further


On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 9:34 PM Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'd like to share this announcement blog post about the creation of a
> consortium for array and dataframe API standardization here:
> https://data-apis.org/blog/announcing_the_consortium/. It's still in the
> beginning stages, but starting to take shape. We have participation from
> one or more maintainers of most array and tensor libraries - NumPy,
> TensorFlow, PyTorch, MXNet, Dask, JAX, Xarray. Stephan Hoyer, Travis
> Oliphant and myself have been providing input from a NumPy perspective.
> The effort is very much related to some of the interoperability work we've
> been doing in NumPy (e.g. it could provide an answer to what's described in
> https://numpy.org/neps/nep-0037-array-module.html#requesting-restricted-subsets-of-numpy-s-api
> ).
> At this point we're looking for feedback from maintainers at a high level
> (see the blog post for details).
> Also important: the python-record-api tooling and data in its repo has
> very granular API usage data, of the kind we could really use when making
> decisions that impact backwards compatibility.
> Cheers,
> Ralf
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