[Numpy-discussion] GSOC 2013

Eric Firing efiring@hawaii....
Wed Mar 6 12:56:47 CST 2013


On 2013/03/05 8:14 AM, Kurt Smith wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 1:45 AM, Eric Firing <efiring@hawaii.edu> wrote:
>> On 2013/03/04 9:01 PM, Nicolas Rougier wrote:
>>>>> This made me think of a serious performance limitation of structured dtypes: a
>>>>> structured dtype is always "packed", which may lead to terrible byte alignment
>>>>> for common types.  For instance, `dtype([('a', 'u1'), ('b',
>>>>> 'u8')]).itemsize == 9`,
>>>>> meaning that the 8-byte integer is not aligned as an equivalent C-struct's
>>>>> would be, leading to all sorts of horrors at the cache and register level.
>>
>> Doesn't the "align" kwarg of np.dtype do what you want?
>>
>> In [2]: dt = np.dtype(dict(names=['a', 'b'], formats=['u1', 'u8']),
>> align=True)
>>
>> In [3]: dt.itemsize
>> Out[3]: 16
>
> Thanks!  That's what I get for not checking before posting.
>
> Consider this my vote to make `aligned=True` the default.

I strongly oppose this, because it would break the common usage of 
structured dtypes for reading packed binary data from files.  I see no 
reason to change the default.

Eric

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