Will multithreading make python less popular?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Feb 19 18:58:57 EST 2009

Paul Rubin wrote:

> I would say, slow execution is a drawback that we put up with in order
> to gain benefits of Python programming that are mostly unrelated to
> the causes of the slowness.  The slowness itself can be addressed by
> technical means, such as native-code compilation and eliminating the
> GIL.

Given that the GIL remains to make Python run faster in the usual (up to 
now, at least) case of 1 processor, that seems a strange statement.

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