fastmath library?

Alex Martelli aleaxit at
Fri Nov 17 18:13:46 CET 2000

"Michael Hudson" <mwh21 at> wrote in message
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> Hmm... you didn't post your dummy function!  Anyway, I bet actually

Oops, sorry, it was

def dummy(somefloat):
    return somefloat

> computing the sin of the argument is still dwarfed by the function
> call mechanism,

Not exactly -- calling math.sin is more than twice as slow as
calling dummy.  That's not "swamping" in my book...

> so even if you have a fast C memoization/lookup thingy
> then you aren't likely to save even 50% of the call cost.  I could be

Definitely not more than that (on a Pentium-II or similar).

> wrong, though (and am more likely to be on machines without an FPU).

Sure, everything changes if you don't have an FPU.


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