[Numpy-discussion] array.sum() slower than expected along some array axes?

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Sat Feb 3 20:34:38 CST 2007


Stephen Simmons wrote:

> The question though is whether all of the inner loop's overhead is 
> necessary.
> My counterexample using numpy.dot() suggests there's considerable scope 
> for improvement, at least for certain common cases.

Well, yes. You most likely have an ATLAS-accelerated dot(). The ATLAS put a lot
of work into making matrix products really fast. However, they did so at a cost:
different architectures use different code. That's not really something we can
do in the core of numpy without making numpy as difficult to build as ATLAS is.

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Robert Kern

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