[SciPy-Dev] preparing for scipy 0.8 release
Sun Apr 25 17:44:42 CDT 2010
Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:05:27 +0800, Ralf Gommers wrote:
> Now that scipy 0.7.2 and numpy 1.4.1 are out the door, it's time to look
> at what needs to be done for scipy 0.8.
> Some questions
> - What needs to be done and what do you all want included that's not in
> trunk yet in terms of features / new code / code cleanups?
I have these on my platter:
SuperLU 4.0, which includes support for incomplete LU decompositions,
which at least I've been really missing in Scipy.
New feature: scipy.sparse.linalg.spilu
Needs just some tests, otherwise done. So if someone wants to test it
or write some tests exercising splu and spilu, that'd be helpful!
New feature: scipy.optimize.nonlin rewrite
Quite done, and with tests. However, scipy.optimize line searches take
a ~20% performance hit because of the way I refactored them. If this
doesn't sound good, I can try to rework it still more.
* Might be also nice to fix the remaining most serious scipy.special
> - Right now scipy trunk needs to be built against numpy trunk. Is it
> feasible to build against numpy 1.3 still, to get one
> backwards-compatible release?
> If not, 0.8 should be released in parallel with numpy 2.0. - Time line:
> do we want a release before SciPy2010 (end of June)? If so, there's only
> a month left before a freeze. If not, we could just provide snapshot
> binaries in June.
As David said, we'll need at least Numpy >= 1.4, due to use of npymath.
It might be difficult to go for Python 3 support if we want to have
backwards compatibility with Numpy 1.4, unless we go really ugly and
start duplicating some of the utility functions inside Scipy. But from a
maintenance POV that might be less of a burden than having to maintain
0.8.x and 0.9.x simultaneously...
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