[pypy-dev] Questions on the pypy+numpy project

Peter Cock p.j.a.cock at googlemail.com
Wed Oct 19 19:36:27 CEST 2011

On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM, Maciej Fijalkowski <fijall at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM, Gary Robinson <garyrob at me.com> wrote:
>> I wonder if it would be worthwhile to have another poll, this time
>> clearly differentiating between
>> a) focusing on integrating the existing numpy in such a way that
>> scipy and other such packages are also enabled, probably using
>> the existing project to provide a C interface that IronPython and
>> other Python variants can use; or
>> b) the current path of replacing much of numpy, making it much
>> faster but leaving scipy out in the cold for quite some time.
>> I don't think it's clear, at this point, which approach would generate
>> more monetary contributions. I suspect it might be (a) because of
>> commercial scientific research that depends on scipy. Of course,
>> if the path decision is already firm, then such a poll would be moot.
> It's however clear which approach is harder and more painful. I for
> one don't subscribe for emulating all the subtleties of CPython C API
> nor numpy API.

If you do that, you are not porting numpy, and the current code-name
of micronumpy is quite appropriate ;)

I would be much more interested in (a), since as I understand it
(b) would only cater to libraries using just numpy's python interface
(and even there PyPy still has a lot of work to do).


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