[Numpy-discussion] Any plans for windows 64-bit installer for 1.7?

Matthew Brett matthew.brett@gmail....
Mon Feb 4 19:09:50 CST 2013


On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM, Charles R Harris
<charlesr.harris@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers@gmail.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >> MSVC + Intel Fortran + MKL, yes. But those aren't free. So how can you
>> >> provide an Amazon image for those?
>> >
>> > You can make an image that is not public, I guess.   I suppose anyone
>> > who uses the image would have to have their own licenses for the Intel
>> > stuff?   Does anyone have experience of this?
>> You need to purchase one license per developer:
>> http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-math-kernel-library-licensing-faq#eula1
> I think 64 bits on windows is best pushed off to 1.7.1 or 1.8. It would be a
> bit much to get it implemented in the next week or two.

The problem with not providing these binaries is that they are at the
bottom of everyone's stack, so a delay in numpy holds everyone back.

I can't find completely convincing stats, but it looks as though 64
bit windows 7 is now the most common version of Windows, at least for
Gamers [1] around now, and it was getting that way for everyone in
2010 [2].

It don't think it reflects well on on us that we don't appear to
support 64 bits out of the box; just for example, R already has a 32
bit / 64 bit installer.

If I understand correctly, the options for doing this right now are:

1) Minimal cost in time : ask Christophe nicely whether we can
distribute his binaries via the Numpy page
2) Small cost in time / money : pay for licenses for Ondrej or me or
someone to install the dependencies on my Berkeley machine / an Amazon

Ralf : I suppose we qualify for the free licenses you referred to
earlier ?  [3] .  I guess that covers us for the Numpy build?  Then
it's only a question of paying for ifort licenses when it comes to do
the Scipy build?

So, if the cost of option 2 is too high, how about option 1?



[1] http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey
[2] http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2010/07/08/64-bit-momentum-surges-with-windows-7.aspx
[3] http://numpy-discussion.10968.n7.nabble.com/MKL-licenses-for-core-scientific-Python-projects-td32530.html

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