NPE NPE - 2 months ago 13
Python Question

numpy and Global Interpreter Lock

I am about to write some computationally-intensive Python code that'll almost certainly spend most of its time inside

's linear algebra functions.

The problem at hand is embarrassingly parallel. Long story short, the easiest way for me to take advantage of that would be by using multiple threads. The main barrier is almost certainly going to be the Global Interpreter Lock (GIL).

To help design this, it would be useful to have a mental model for which
operations can be expected to release the GIL for their duration. To this end, I'd appreciate any rules of thumb, dos and don'ts, pointers etc.

In case it matters, I'm using 64-bit Python 2.7.1 on Linux, with
1.5.1 and
0.9.0rc2, built with Intel MKL 10.3.1.


You will probably find answers to all your questions regarding NumPy and parallel programming on the official wiki.

Also, have a look at this recipe page -- it contains example code on how to use NumPy with multiple threads.