[Numpy-discussion] Changing the distributed binary for numpy 1.0.4 for windows ?

Andrew Straw strawman@astraw....
Mon Dec 10 21:46:53 CST 2007

According to the QEMU website, QEMU does not (yet) emulate SSE on x86
target, so a Windows installation on a QEMU virtual machine may be a
good way to build binaries free of these issues.


Travis E. Oliphant wrote:
> Fernando Perez wrote:
>> On Dec 10, 2007 4:41 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The current situation is untenable. I will gladly accept a slow BLAS for an
>>> official binary that won't segfault anywhere. We can look for a faster BLAS later.
>> Just to add a note to this: John Hunter and I just finished teaching a
>> python workshop here in Boulder, and one attendee had a recurring
>> all-out crash on WinXP.  Eventually John was able to track it to a bad
>> BLAS call, but the death was an 'illegal instruction'. We then noticed
>> that this was on an older Pentium III laptop, and I'd be willing to
>> bet that the problem is an ATLAS compiled with SSE2 support.  The PIII
>> chip only has plain SSE, not SSE2, and that's the kind of crash I've
>> seen when  accidentally running code compiled in my office machine (a
>> P4) on my laptop (a similarly old PIII).
>> It may very well be that it's OK to ship binaries with ATLAS, but just
>> to build them without any fancy instruction support (no SSE, SSE2 or
>> anything else of that kind, just plain x87 code).
> I think this is what the default should be (but plain SSE allowed).  
> However, since I have moved, the machine I was using to build "official" 
> binaries has switched and that is probably at the core of the problem.
> Also,  I've tried to build ATLAS 3.8.0 without SSE without success (when 
> I'm on a machine that has it).
> It would be useful to track which binaries are giving people problems as 
> I built the most recent ones on a VM against an old version of ATLAS 
> (3.6.0) that has been compiled on windows for a long time.
> I'm happy to upload a better binary of NumPy (if I can figure out which 
> one is giving people grief and how to create a decent one).
> -Travis O.
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