# [Numpy-discussion] numpy speed question

Sebastian Walter sebastian.walter@gmail....
Thu Nov 25 04:38:06 CST 2010

```using math.cos instead of numpy.cos should be much faster.
I believe this is a known issue of numpy.

On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM, Jean-Luc Menut <jeanluc.menut@free.fr> wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I have a little question about the speed of numpy vs IDL 7.0. I did a
> very simple little check by computing just a cosine in a loop. I was
> quite surprised to see an order of magnitude of difference between numpy
> and IDL, I would have thought that for such a basic function, the speed
> would be approximatively the same.
>
> I suppose that some of the difference may come from  the default data
> type of 64bits in numpy and 32 bits in IDL. Is there a way to change the
> numpy default data type (without recompiling) ?
>
> And I'm not an expert at all, maybe there is a better explanation, like
> a better use of the several CPU core by IDL ?
>
> I'm working with windows 7 64 bits on a core i7.
>
> any hint is welcome.
> Thanks.
>
> Here the IDL code :
> Julian1 = SYSTIME( /JULIAN , /UTC )
> for j=0,9999 do begin
>   for i=0,999 do begin
>     a=cos(2*!pi*i/100.)
>   endfor
> endfor
> Julian2 = SYSTIME( /JULIAN , /UTC )
> print, (Julian2-Julian1)*86400.0
> print,cpt
> end
>
> result:
> % Compiled module: \$MAIN\$.
>        2.9999837
>
>
> The python code:
> from numpy import *
> from time import time
> time1 = time()
> for j in range(10000):
>     for i in range(1000):
>         a=cos(2*pi*i/100.)
> time2 = time()
> print time2-time1
>
> result:
> In [2]: run python_test_speed.py
> 24.1809999943
>
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