[squeak-dev] Interesting survey about smalltalk

Nicolas Cellier nicolas.cellier.aka.nice at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 13:08:14 UTC 2010

2010/6/20 Michael Haupt <mhaupt at gmail.com>:
> Hi Nicolas,
> On Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 11:17 AM, Nicolas Cellier
> <nicolas.cellier.aka.nice at gmail.com> wrote:
>> About 8) :  True, every single operation results in memory allocation
>> / garbage collection, a burden for number crunching.
> really?
> There is this nice book by Didier Besset called "Object-Oriented
> Implementation of Numerical Methods. An Introduction with Java and
> Smalltalk.: An Introduction with Java and Smalltalk". It can't be
> *that* bad. :-)

Agree, "not worse than Matlab" was the meaning of my message.

>> My own answer was: use C/FORTRAN for optimized number crunching
>> functions. Use Smalltalk for any higher level/GUI function (via
>> DLLCC/FFI). We may have more than 1 hammer in your toolset!
> With GPU connectivity things emerging, number crunching might even be
> an interesting area for Smalltalk.
> Best,
> Michael

Yes, this falls in vectorizing the operations.
But I would go for a GPU-BLAS implementation available to any language
(Smalltalk and C as well).


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