Embracing the GIL

A session at PyCodeConf 2011

Thursday 6th October, 2011

11:15am to 11:45am (EST)

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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David Beazley

Python book author, software developer, and teacher. bio from Twitter

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Time 11:15am11:45am EST

Date Thu 6th October 2011

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  • Python Cookbook
  • Python Essential Reference

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