[Python-ideas] Why not picoseconds?

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Oct 16 01:00:10 EDT 2017

On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 8:40 PM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hopefully by the time we decide it's worth worrying about picoseconds in
> "regular" code, compiler support for decimal128 will be sufficiently
> ubiquitous that we'll be able to rely on that as our 3rd generation time
> representation (where the first gen is seconds as a 64 bit binary float and
> the second gen is nanoseconds as a 64 bit integer).

I hope we'll never see time_ns() and friends as the second generation --
it's a hack that hopefully we can retire in those glorious days of hardware
decimal128 support.

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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