[Numpy-discussion] Array pooling

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris at gmail.com
Wed Aug 23 09:39:44 CDT 2006

Hi Carlos,

On 8/22/06, Carlos Pita <carlosjosepita at yahoo.com.ar> wrote:
> One reason is to use operator syntax: buf1 = buf2 +  buf3, instead of
> add(buf2,buf3, buf1). The other is to spare the final user (synth
> programmer) any buffer bookkeeping.

I see.

My idea was to keep track of pooled buffers' reference counts, so that those
> currently unused would have a refcount of 1 and could be safely deleted
> (well, if pool policy variables allow it). But as buffers are acquired all
> the time, even a simple (pure-python) pooling policy implementation is
> pretty time consuming. In fact, I have benchmarked this against simply
> creating new zeros-arrays every time, and the non-pooling version just runs
> faster. That was when I thought that numpy could be doing some internal
> pooling by itself.

I think the language libraries themselves must do some sort of pooling, at
least the linux ones seem to. C++ programs do a lot of creation/destruction
of structures on the heap and I have found the overhead noticeable but
surprisingly small. Numpy arrays are a couple of layers of abstraction up,
so maybe not quite as fast.

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