[Python-ideas] PEP: Hide implementation details in the C API
victor.stinner at gmail.com
Thu Jul 13 07:38:48 EDT 2017
2017-07-13 0:23 GMT+02:00 Stefan Behnel <stefan_ml at behnel.de>:
> From a Cython perspective, it's (not great but) ok if these "implementation
> details" were moved somewhere else, but it would be a problem if they
> became entirely unavailable for external modules. Cython uses some of the
> internals for performance reasons, and we adapt it to changes of these
> internals whenever necessary.
I don't want to break the Python world, or my project will just fail.
For me, it's ok if Cython or even numpy use the full CPython C API
with structures and macros to get the best performances. But we need
something like the PEP 399 for C extensions:
The best would be if C extensions would have two compilations mode:
* "Optimize for CPython" (with impl. detail)
* "Use the smaller portable C API" (no impl. detail)
For example, use the new private Python 3.6 _PyObject_FastCall() if
available, but fallback on PyObject_Call() (or other similar function)
Once we are are to compile in the two "modes", it becomes possible to
run benchmarks and decide if it's worth it. For extensions written
with Cython, I expect that Cython will take care of that. The problem
is more for C code written manually.
The best would be to limit as much as possible to "optimized code" and
mostly write "portable" code.
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