[Numpy-tickets] [NumPy] #495: maximum_sctype returns incompatible types on different computers

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#495: maximum_sctype returns incompatible types on different computers
 Reporter:  socha       |       Owner:  somebody     
     Type:  defect      |      Status:  new          
 Priority:  normal      |   Milestone:  1.0.2 Release
Component:  numpy.core  |     Version:  none         
 Severity:  normal      |    Keywords:               
 On our Windows XP Pro computer we get:

 C:\Documents and Settings\socha>python
 Python 2.4.3 - Enthought Edition 1.0.0 (#69, Aug  2 2006, 12:09:59) [MSC
 v.1310 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
 >>> import numpy
 >>> numpy.__version__
 >>> from numpy import array
 >>> from numpy import maximum_sctype
 >>> g = array([1], dtype='float32')
 >>> maximum_sctype(g)
 <type 'numpy.float96'>
 >>> from numpy import float128
 Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
 ImportError: cannot import name float128

 Note that the maximum type for float32 is float96, and we cannot import

 On our Macintosh with an Intel 2GHz Core Duo, maximum_sctype returns
 float128 for float32, and float96 cannot be imported.  This makes it
 problematic to share results between the two computers, since files
 written as float96 will not be readable on the other computers.

 We'd expect both computers to return the same type from maximum_sctype.

 - David Socha & Daniel Terhorst, UrbanSim Project, http://www.urbansim.org

Ticket URL: <http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/numpy/ticket/495>
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