Python CPU

geremy condra debatem1 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 18:36:46 CEST 2011


On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 12:47 AM, Gregory Ewing
<greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> John Nagle wrote:
>
>>    A tagged machine might make Python faster.  You could have
>> unboxed ints and floats, yet still allow values of other types,
>> with the hardware tagging helping with dispatch.   But it probably
>> wouldn't help all that much.  It didn't in the LISP machines.
>
> What might help more is having bytecodes that operate on
> arrays of unboxed types -- numpy acceleration in hardware.

I'd be interested in seeing the performance impact of this, although I
wonder if it'd be feasible.

Geremy Condra



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