Python execution speed
fperez528 at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 18 21:52:44 CET 2001
> I'm curious, however, why you believe you need to optimize Python's
> execution speed so much? Do you have some application which is not
> performing adequately? The usual approach is simply to profile the
> code and recode the "hot spot" in C.
I can mention one: scientific computing. Python is becoming very popular in
that field, and Numeric goes a long way. But sometimes it's not enough, and
being saved from dropping down to C for anything but the truly ugliest would
be a big blessing. And yes, in scientific computing, things are *never* fast
enough. If you can improve the speed of a code even by a factor of 2 only,
that can be big news. Waiting for 2 days is still better than waiting for 4
days for your simulation to finish.
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