Fortran to Python

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Sat Jan 5 12:05:44 CET 2008

Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven wrote:
> -On [20080104 19:21], Dennis Lee Bieber (wlfraed at wrote:
>> 	If the FORTRAN is using single precision reals, I'd expect a
>> slow-down in Python just on that alone, as Python uses doubles as the
>> only float type. There is also the overhead of object access for each.
> In this case it uses complex*16 and real*8. Is a real*8 a single precision
> real?

Double precision. These map to the Python complex and float types exactly.

Robert Kern

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