[swift-evolution] Which functionality should be covered by a native Swift math/numerics library that ships with the standard lib?
james.lei65 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 10:23:05 CDT 2016
If Swift team have no roadmap on those plans, any swift developers with
strong in each area could kickstart and contributing libraries in Github
repo. We will greatly benefit from those areas and AI.
On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 11:10 PM, Xiaodi Wu via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Nevin Brackett-Rozinsky via
> swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>> A few things immediately spring to mind:
>> • Fixed-size arrays
>> • An optimized Matrix type
>> • Swifty syntax for Fourier transforms
>> • A numerical integrator (or diff-eq solver!)
>> • BigInt capabilities
>> The first of these (fixed-size arrays) will probably require compiler
>> The rest can already be done in a library, except I believe they will hit
>> the “generics cannot be specialized across module boundaries” slowdown, and
>> must be explicitly specialized for common numeric types to avoid it. (Has
>> this been fixed yet? Are there plans to?)
> The underlying libraries provide optimized versions of matrix functions
> and Fourier transforms only for particular numeric types anyway. It'd be
> Swifty to have Matrix<MySpecialInt>, but doing matrix multiplication with
> that simply isn't going to be performant.
>> On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 8:41 AM, Björn Forster <swift-evolution at swift.org>
>>> Hello Swift community,
>>> to make use of Swift more appealing and useful for science, engineering
>>> and finance and everything else involving actually calculating things, I
>>> think it would be a big step forward if Swift would ship with its own
>>> math/numerics library.
>>> Wouldn't it be great if Swift would offer functionality similar to Numpy
>>> in its native math lib? It think it would be great to have a "standard"
>>> annotation for vector arithmetic that the Swift community has agreed on and
>>> that scientific packages can build on.
>>> Which functionality should be covered by a Swift's math lib and where
>>> should be drawn the line?
>>> Any thoughts?
>>> (If it is not the right time now to talk this topic, as it is not
>>> mentioned in the goals for Swift 4 by Chris, I apologize for bringing this
>>> up now. But I think then this should be discussed later at some point not
>>> in the infinite future)
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