[Haskell-cafe] Re: Python's big challenges, Haskell's big advantages?

Aaron Denney wnoise at ofb.net
Wed Sep 17 14:40:56 EDT 2008

On 2008-09-17, Arnar Birgisson <arnarbi at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Manlio and others,
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 14:58, Manlio Perillo <manlio_perillo at libero.it> wrote:
>>> http://www.heise-online.co.uk/open/Shuttleworth-Python-needs-to-focus-on-future--/news/111534
>>> "cloud computing, transactional memory and future multicore processors"
>> Multicore support is already "supported" in Python, if you use
>> multiprocessing, instead of multithreading.
> Well, I'm a huge Python fan myself, but multiprocessing is not really
> a solution as much as it is a workaround. Python as a language has no
> problem with multithreading and multicore support and has all
> primitives to do conventional shared-state parallelism. However, the
> most popular /implementation/ of Python sacrifies this for
> performance, it has nothing to do with the language itself.

Huh.  I see multi-threading as a workaround for expensive processes,
which can explicitly use shared memory when that makes sense.

Aaron Denney

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