python simply not scaleable enough for google?
paul at boddie.org.uk
Mon Nov 16 16:03:34 CET 2009
On 16 Nov, 05:51, sturlamolden <sturlamol... at yahoo.no> wrote:
> NASA can find money to build a space telescope and put it in orbit.
> They don't find money to create a faster Python, which they use for
> analyzing the data.
Is the analysis in Python really what slows it all down?
> Google is a multi-billion dollar business. They are using Python
> extensively. Yes I know about Unladen Swallow, but why can't they put
> 1 mill dollar into making a fast Python?
Isn't this where we need those Ohloh figures on how much Unladen
Swallow is worth? ;-) I think Google is one of those organisations
where that Steve Jobs mentality of shaving time off a once-per-day
activity actually pays off. A few more cycles here and there is
arguably nothing to us, but it's a few kW when running on thousands of
> And then there is IBM and Cern's Blue Brain project. They can set up
> the fastest supercomputer known to man, but finance a faster Python?
Businesses and organisations generally don't spend any more money than
they need to. And if choosing another technology is cheaper for future
work then they'll just do that instead. In a sense, Python's
extensibility using C, C++ and Fortran have helped adoption of the
language considerably, but it hasn't necessarily encouraged a focus on
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