[SciPy-dev] Re: Two fortran/f2py questions

Pearu Peterson pearu at scipy.org
Mon Dec 13 15:04:57 CST 2004

On Mon, 13 Dec 2004, Tom Loredo wrote:

>> I am not sure if I follow you correctly here but when using f2py from
>> its CVS, all fortran objects have _cpointer attribute that is
>> a C pointer to the actual Fortran or C function.
> Well, I'm not sure I've followed you, either.  8-)  Here's what
> I'm trying to do.  I have fortran functions and subroutines that
> need to evaluate special functions as part of what they're doing.
> E.g., for gamma functions, right now I just define a function
> "gammaln" that returns the log of a gamma function, within the
> fortran source of my module.  But Scipy already has such a
> function somewhere (in the Cephes library).  Is there a way
> I can use that Cephes function?  For example, could I just
> figure out the appropriate Cephes call (sorting out the
> appropriate underscores and pointers) and write a setup.py
> that will let my fortran routine use the Cephes library that
> Scipy has installed somewhere?  For performance, I'd rather
> not have to send my fortran module a Python callback; after
> all, the raw Cephes routine is sitting *somewhere*.

Thanks for the explaination. Now I get the problem and using _cpointer is 
not a solution indeed.

A working solution could be figured out from Lib/special/setup_special.py
that compiles cephes library sources. Assuming that you have scipy source 
tree somewhere then in setup.py file use

   scipy_src_path = '/path/to/scipy/Lib'
   cephes = glob(os.path.join(scipy_src_path,'special','cephes','*.c'))
   ext_args = {}
               name = 'extname',
               sources = [...]
               libraries = ['cephes'])
   ext = Extension(**ext_args)
   setup(ext_modules = [ext],
         libraries = [('cephes',cephes)])

See Lib/special/setup_special.py for details and various
aspects making the above example more portable.

A better solution (using get_info like below for lapack) has to wait until
we have moved various 3rd party libraries in scipy to Lib/lib where
get_info could pick up cephes library, for instance, and return appropiate
dictionary of libraries and paths to be used when linking your extension 

> There are other examples; another module I have needs a
> Cholesky decomposition in the middle of a calculation.  Right
> now it's just hard-coded in the C for the module.  I should
> just call the appropriate lapack/atlas routine for this,
> and I'd love to know how to write the C code and accompanying
> setup.py file to be able to do this portably without the
> overhead of a Python callback.

Ok, that problem is easier to solve if you have lapack/atlas libraries 
installed in you system. In your setup.py file use

   from scipy_distutils.system_info import get_info, dict_append
   lapack_opt = get_info('lapack_opt',notfound_action=2)
   ext_args = {}
               name = 'extname',
               sources = [...])
   ext = Extension(**ext_args)

to define your Extension module that will be linked against
optimized lapack libraries. See Lib/lib/{lapack,blas}/setup_*.py
files for more examples.


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