[Python-Dev] VM and Language summit info for those not at Pycon (and those that are!)

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Mon Mar 21 19:01:48 CET 2011

On 21/03/2011 17:47, Stefan Behnel wrote:
> Stefan Behnel, 21.03.2011 11:58:
>> Guido van Rossum, 21.03.2011 03:46:
>>> Have you tried replacing selected stdlib modules with their
>>> Cython-optimized equivalents in some of the NumPy/SciPy distros? (E.g.
>>> what about Enthought's Python distros?) Depending on how well that
>>> goes I might warm up to Cython more!
>> Hmm, I hadn't heard about that before. I'll ask on our mailing list if
>> anyone's aware of them. I doubt that the stdlib participates in the
>> critical parts of scientific computation code. Maybe alternative CSV
>> parsers or something like that, but I'd be surprised if they were
>> compatible with what's in the stdlib.
> Sorry, I misread your statement above. You were actually proposing to 
> let us work on the existing stdlib modules, and then to get other, 
> already Cython-enabled distributions to ship Cython compiled stdlib 
> modules for testing.
> Yes, I think this is a good idea. Their entry level for using Cython 
> at build time will be much lower than for general CPython.
> Would you say it's worth a GSoC project to get some of the Python 
> stdlib modules compiled and/or some of the C modules rewritten in 
> Cython? The Cython project would surely provide collective help 
> through its user mailing list, code review, etc.

Assuming its possible it sounds like an awesome project.


> Stefan
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