[Numpy-discussion] strange sin/cos performance

Andrew Friedley afriedle@indiana....
Mon Aug 3 12:51:36 CDT 2009

Charles R Harris wrote:
> What compiler versions are folks using? In the slow cases, what is the
> timing for converting to double, computing the sin, then casting back to
> single?

I did this, is this the right way to do that?

t = timeit.Timer("numpy.sin(a.astype(numpy.float64)).astype(numpy.float32)",
                 "import numpy\n"
                 "a = numpy.arange(0.0, 1000, (2 * 3.14159) / 1000, 
print "sin converted float 32/64", min(t.repeat(3, 10))

Timings on my opteron system (2-socket 2-core 2GHz):

sin float32 1.13407707214
sin float64 0.133460998535
sin converted float 32/64 0.18202996254

Not too surprising I guess.

gcc --version shows:

gcc (GCC) 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-44)

My compile flags for my Python 2.6.1/NumPy 1.3.0 builds:

-Os -fomit-frame-pointer -pipe -s -march=k8 -m64


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