Thursday 6th October, 2011
11:15am to 11:45am
The much maligned Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) never gets any respect---in fact most Python programmers don't even think it has a right to exist. In this talk, I'll defend the GIL by making the case that improving it might be a more attractive (and achievable) option than trying to get rid of it entirely. I'll discuss some of my past efforts to understand the GIL, describe weaknesses in the current Python 3 implementation, and give some practical programming advice for working around it.
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