[SciPy-dev] Single precision FFT

Anne Archibald aarchiba@physics.mcgill...
Sun Nov 30 22:49:10 CST 2008

2008/11/30 David Cournapeau <david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp>:
> Anand Patil wrote:
>> Dang, I should have checked my email an hour ago... it doesn't need to
>> be numpy, but I already did it. I just made a new module called 'sfft'
>> that's a copy of fft, but with everything in single precision. Is that
>> any use to anyone?

>    Sorry for not having answered before. If you care about the float
> support being available to many people, I think the best solution really
> is adding it to scipy. Generally, I think there is a consensus that we
> would like to avoid adding new features to numpy itself, specially if
> the features fit quite well scipy.
> To add support to float support to scipy.fftpack, you need to do the
> following:
>    - Enable build the fftpack library, single version
> (scipy/fftpack/src/fftpack) in scipy/fftpack/setup.py
>    - start writing fftpack wrappers in C (look at zfft_pack.c and
> zfft.c for a simple example complex->complex fft, one dimension)
>    - add support at python level.
> The 2nd step is the one which will take time, although it should be
> quite similar to the double prevision version.

I'd also like to suggest that, if possible, it would be nice if
single-precision FFTs were not a separate module, or even a separate
function, but instead the usual fft function selected them when handed
a single-precision input.


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