[Python-Dev] Looking for master thesis ideas involving Python

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Thu Oct 30 06:10:20 EST 2003

"Phillip J. Eby" <pje at telecommunity.com> writes:

> At 06:33 PM 10/29/03 +0000, Michael Hudson wrote:
>>"Phillip J. Eby" <pje at telecommunity.com> writes:
>> > * Direct use of positional arguments on the stack as the "locals" of
>> >   the next function called, without creating (and then unpacking) an
>> >   argument tuple, in the case where there are no */** arguments
>> >   provided by the caller.
>>Already done, unless I misunderstand your idea.  Well, the arguments
>>might still get copied into the new frame's locals area but I'm pretty
>>sure no tuple is involved.
> Hm.  I thought that particular optimization only could take place when
> the function lacks default arguments.  But maybe I've misread that
> part.  If it's true in all cases, then argument tuple creation isn't
> where the overhead is coming from.

I hadn't realized/had forgotten that this optimization depended on the
lack of default arguments.  Instinct would say that it shouldn't be
*too* hard to extend to that case (hardly a thesis topic, at any rate


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