[Numpy-discussion] Object arrays for numarray / What do you use Numeric object arrays for?

Todd Miller jmiller at stsci.edu
Thu Jul 17 03:30:01 CDT 2003

On Wed, 2003-07-16 at 21:13, Dave Cole wrote:
> >>>>> "Todd" == Todd Miller <jmiller at stsci.edu> writes:
> Todd> I think however that memory mapping sequences or arbitrary
> Todd> Python objects isn't going to happen in numarray any time soon;
> Todd> it sounds too much like object persistence.
> It is used to minimize the cost of huge datasets.

That's what we use it for too... but only for primitive data types.

> >> I know that is a big ask! We have an extension module which stores
> >> variable length blobs in a single memory-mapped file which might be
> >> useful - the code could be made available to the numarray project,
> >> I think.
> Todd> I don't understand the difference between your module and
> Todd> Python's mmap.
> The code could use probably the Python mmap module.  It would be
> difficult because all access to the Python mmap object is via Python.
> A CObject exported API in the Python mmap module would be very useful.

What do you want to get via the CObject API?  Since any mmap can be
treated as a buffer, it's easy to get a pointer and size via the Python
buffer API in C. Is there something else you need?

> - Dave
Todd Miller <jmiller at stsci.edu>

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