[Numpy-discussion] Status of Numeric

Edward C. Jones edcjones at erols.com
Thu Jan 22 15:48:46 CET 2004

Arthur wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Jan 2004 16:22:43 -0700, Tim Hochberg
> <tim.hochberg at ieee.org> wrote:
>>Arthur wrote:
>>The first is that last I heard the crossover point where 
>>Numarray becomes faster than Numeric is about 2000 elements. It would be 
>>nice if that becomes smaller, but I certainly wouldn't call it extreme. 
>>In fact I'd venture that the majority of cases where numeric operations 
>>are a bottleneck would already be faster under Numarray. In my 
>>experience, while it's not uncommon to use short arrays, it is rare for 
>>them to be a bottleneck.
> Couldn't one argue that - for example - in 3d graphic applications the
> performance as to short arrays is crucial.

In some numerical / graphing packages, there are specialized, fast, 
fixed-size arrays for sizes less than 4 by 4.

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