[Numpy-discussion] Deprecating PyDataMem_RENEW ?
Mon May 5 13:25:55 CDT 2008
2008/5/5 Robert Kern <email@example.com>:
> On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 7:44 AM, David Cournapeau
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > In numpy, we can always replace realloc by malloc/free, because we know
> > the size of the old block: would deprecating PyMemData_RENEW and
> > replacing them by PyMemeData_NEW/PyMemData_FREE be possible, such as to
> > make all numpy arrays follow a default alignement ? There are only a few
> > of them in numpy (6 of them), 0 in scipy, and I guess extensions never
> > really used them ?
> I am in favor of at least trying this out. We will have to have a set
> of benchmarks to make sure we haven't hurt the current uses of
> PyMemData_RENEW which Tim points out.
realloc() may not be a performance win anyway. Allocating new memory
is quite fast, copying data is quite fast, and in-place realloc()
tends to cause memory fragmentation - take an arena full of 1024-byte
blocks and suddenly make one of them 256 bytes long and you haven't
gained anything at all in most malloc() implementations. So yes,
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