[Python-ideas] Expansion of the range of small integers

Christian Heimes christian at python.org
Mon Sep 17 20:28:41 CEST 2012

Am 17.09.2012 19:49, schrieb Terry Reedy:
> In 2.x before 3.0, the range was about -5 to 10 or so ;-).
> It was expanded when bytes were added.

2.2 had -1 to 99. The numbers grew slowly to -5 to 256 in 2.6.

> It might be interesting to instrument the int allocator to count
> allocations of ints up to say 10000 in real apps.

You can easily test how different settings affect the interpreter with
some compiler flags:

./configure && make

COUNT_ALLOCS slows down the interpreter a bit. It prints some stats at

> What is hard to guess is the effect on cache hits and misses in real apps.

Real apps may even save memory when they use lots of ints > 256.


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