A lot of things happened in March, like pycon. I was also busy doing other things (pictured), so apologies for the late numpy status update.
However, a lot of things have happened and numpy continues to be one of the main points of entry for hacking on PyPy. Apologies to all the people whose patches I don't review in timely manner, but seriously, you do a lot of work.
This list of changes is definitely not exhaustive, and I might be forgetting important contributions. In a loose order:
Matti Picus made out parameter work for a lot of (but not all) functions.
We merged record dtypes support. The only missing dtypes left are complex (important), datetime (less important) and object (which will probably never be implemented because it makes very little sense and is a mess with moving GCs).
Taavi Burns and others implemented lots of details, including lots of ufuncs. On the completely unscientific measure of "implemented functions" on numpypy status page, we're close to 50% of numpy working. In reality it might be more or less, but after complex dtypes we're getting very close to running real programs.
Bool indexing of arrays of the same size should work, leaving only arrays-of-ints indexing as the last missing element of fancy indexing.
I did some very early experiments on SSE. This work is seriously preliminary - in fact the only implemented operation is addition of float single-dimension numpy arrays. However, results are encouraging, given that our assembler generator is far from ideal:
The benchmark repo is available. GCC was run with -O3, no further options specified. PyPy was run with default options, the SSE branch is under backend-vector-ops, but it's not working completely yet.
One might argue that C and Python is not the same code - indeed it is not. It just shows some possible approach to writing numeric code.
Next step would be to just continue implementing missing features such as
- specialised arrays i.e. masked arrays and matrixes
- core modules such as fft, linalg, random.
- numpy's testing framework
The future is hard to predict, but we're not far off!
UPDATE:Indeed, string and unicode dtypes are not supported yet. They're as important as complex dtype