Wednesday, August 26, 2009

cython vs f2py

I had a go at optimizing some code this past week, and ended up learning to use both cython and f2py.

f2py is much easier to use. If you want to write a function in fortran and use it in python, all you do is write the code and add specifications using comments in the fortran code.

cython is more natural to code. The code style is C/fortran-like: think in terms of loops instead of arrays. The syntax is python-like, which makes coding somewhat clearer and simpler.

For my code, I found that cython was ~10% slower than fortran.

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