[Python-Dev] Interest in integrating C decimal module into Python?
dickinsm at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 16:59:44 CEST 2009
On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 11:37 AM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> As far as decimal.py in particular goes, there are significant
> maintenance gains in keeping a lot of the non-performance critical
> context management code in pure Python. So we're likely to wait and see
> how much speed Mark can wring out of a simple C decimal coefficient
No need to wait for this. :-) I don't really expect to get much speed gain
at all in normal, low-precision (= precisions less than 100 digits, say)
use. Even doubling the speed would be way too much to hope for here.
The only real gain from a decimal integer coefficient would be fixing
the asymptotics for high-precision calculations.
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