[Python-Dev] C API for gc.enable() and gc.disable()
rhamph at gmail.com
Fri Jun 20 19:54:15 CEST 2008
On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 9:44 AM, Amaury Forgeot d'Arc
<amauryfa at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/6/20 Kevin Jacobs <jacobs at bioinformed.com> <bioinformed at gmail.com>:
>> On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:25 AM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net>
>>> Kevin Jacobs <jacobs <at> bioinformed.com> <bioinformed <at> gmail.com>
>>> > +1 on a C API for enabling and disabling GC. I have several instances
>>> > where
>>> I create a large number of objects non-cyclic objects where I see huge GC
>>> overhead (30+ seconds with gc enabled, 0.15 seconds when disabled).
>>> Could you try to post a stripped-down, self-contained example of such
>> $ python -m timeit 'zip(*[range(1000000)]*5)'
>> 10 loops, best of 3: 496 msec per loop
>> $ python -m timeit -s 'import gc; gc.enable()' 'zip(*[range(1000000)]*5)'
>> 10 loops, best of 3: 2.93 sec per loop
> I remember that a similar issue was discussed some months ago:
> In short: the gc is tuned for typical usage. If your usage of python
> is specific,
> use gc.set_threshold and increase its values.
For very large bursts of allocation, tuning is no different from
disabling it outright, and disabling is simpler/more reliable.
Adam Olsen, aka Rhamphoryncus
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