[Python-Dev] GIL, Python 3, and MP vs. UP

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Wed Sep 21 17:26:55 CEST 2005

On 9/21/05, Donovan Baarda <abo at minkirri.apana.org.au> wrote:
> The reality is threads were invented as a low overhead way of easily
> implementing concurrent applications... ON A SINGLE PROCESSOR. Taking
> into account threading's limitations and objectives, Python's GIL is the
> best way to support threads.

QOTF candidate!

(I wonder if this thread could be summarized into a PEP we can use
instead of future discussions rehashing the same issues?)

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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