Python and GMP.

Mark Dickinson dickinsm at
Tue Apr 21 14:07:26 CEST 2009

On Apr 21, 12:04 pm, bearophileH... at wrote:
> Using inline ASM in Python sources isn't an option.

Except when it is. :)

There's a tiny amount of inline assembler in the
sources already:  see Python/pymath.c and
Python/ceval.c.  Not surprisingly, there's some
in the ctypes module as well.

There *are* places where it's very tempting to
add a little (optional, removable, carefully
tested, etc.) assembler to the long implementation:
one main reason that using 30-bit digits for longs
is slower (for some benchmarks) than using 15-bit
digits on 32-bit platforms is that there's no way
to tell C to do a 64-bit by 32-bit division, in cases
where you know (from understanding of the algorithm)
that the quotient fits into 32 bits.

On x86, replacing just two of the divisions
in Objects/longsobject.c by the appropriate 'divl'
inline assembler got me 10% speedups on some


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