Python performance

Chris Ryland cpr at
Fri Mar 10 17:07:13 CET 2000

Maybe Python 3K would be a good time to revisit the structure of the
interpreter (allowing massive breakage to the C interface for
embedding/extending) in order to make it more optimizable?

E.g., one could start using old Lisp implementation tricks such as encoding
primitive objects in the actual object pointer, etc. There's probably a
reasonably short catalog of such techniques that are well-known in the Lisp

Then again, if GvR really *isn't* interested in serious performance
speed-ups ("not that there's anything wrong with that" ;-), nothing's
probably gonna happen.
/ Chris Ryland, President / Em Software, Inc. /

"Chris Ryland" <cpr at> wrote in message
news:jQ%w4.238$m4.7517 at news...
> The recent Python-for-Lisp-ers note and other recent notes have brought up
> Python performance.

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