Author skrah
Recipients neologix, njs, pitrou, rhettinger, skrah, tim.peters, trent, vstinner, wscullin
Date 2017-10-23.14:11:28
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Yes, I think it is partly convenience. I want to set ...

   ndt_mallocfunc = PyMem_Malloc;
   ndt_alignedallocfunc = PyMem_AlignedAlloc;
   ndt_callocfunc = PyMem_Calloc;
   ndt_reallocfunc = PyMem_Realloc;
   ndt_freefunc = PyMem_Free;

... so I can always just call ndt_free(), because there's only one memory

But the other part is that datashape allows to specify alignment regardless
of the size of the type.  Example:

>>> from ndtypes import *
>>> from xnd import *
>>> t = ndt("{a: int64, b: uint64, align=16}")
>>> xnd(t, {'a': 111, 'b': 222})
<xnd.xnd object at 0x7f82750c2a30>

The xnd object essentially wraps a typed data pointer. In the above case, the
'align' keyword has the same purpose as gcc's __attribute__((aligned(16))).

There are several other cases in datashape where alignment can specified

For the convenience case it would already help if PyMem_AlignedAlloc() did
*not* use the fast allocator, but just delegated to _aligned_malloc() (MSVC)
or aligned_alloc() (C11), ...
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