Friday, December 7, 2012

PyPy related internship at NCAR

Hello everyone

I would like to advertise a PyPy-related summer internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which is located in lovely Boulder, Colorado. As for the last year, the mentor will be Davide del Vento, with my possible support on the PyPy side.

The full details of the application are to be found on the internship description and make sure you read the requirements first. Important requirements:

  • Must currently be enrolled in a United States university.
  • Only students authorized to work for any employer in the United States will be considered for the SIParCS program.
  • Must be a graduate or under graduate who has completed their sophomore year.

If you happen to fulfill the requirements, to me this sounds like a great opportunity to spend a summer at NCAR in Boulder hacking on atmospheric models using PyPy.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Py3k status update #8

This is the eight status update about our work on the py3k branch, which
we can work on thanks to all of the people who donated to the py3k

Just a short update on November's work: we're now passing about 194 of
approximately 355 modules of CPython's regression test suite, up from passing
160 last month. Many test modules only fail a small number of individual tests

We'd like to thank Amaury Forgeot d'Arc for his contributions, in particular he
has made significant progress on updating CPyExt for Python 3 this month.

Some other highlights:

  • test_marshal now passes, and there's been significant progress on
    pickling (thanks Kenny Levinsen and Amaury for implementing
  • We now have a _posixsubprocess module
  • More encoding related fixes, which affects many failing tests
  • _sre was updated and now test_re almost passes
  • Exception behavior is almost complete per the Python 3 specs, what's mostly
    missing now are the new __context__ and __traceback__ attributes (PEP
  • Fixed some crashes and deadlocks occurring during the regression tests
  • We merged the unicode-strategies branch both to default and to py3k: now we
    have versions of lists, dictionaries and sets specialized for unicode
    elements, as we already had for strings.
  • However, for string-specialized containers are still faster in some cases
    because there are shortcuts which have not been implemented for unicode yet
    (e.g., constructing a set of strings from a list of strings). The plan is to
    completely kill the shortcuts and improve the JIT to produce the fast
    version automatically for both the string and unicode versions, to have a
    more maintainable codebase without sacrificing the speed. The autoreds
    branch (already merged) was a first step in this direction.