pypy is cool

In the last post I talked about the performance of the ray tracer I am writing in python and found myself quite unhappy. I did some digging into alternate interpreters and found pypy which does JIT compilation and focuses on long running computationally intense tasks. It sounded up for the job, so I installed it, got the right pip version and installed some packages, then ran it.

The cover image from the last post took ~17 minutes to render at 300px by 300px. With pypy, the same image is rendered in ~4 minutes. In about ~20 minutes, I was able to render it in 800px by 800px. This is all a substantial improvement, and I am happy that it'll help speed up my work until I get to more optimizations. I am also able to push the rewrite in a compiled language into the future as I don't think it'll be required for me to finish the book and render some images.

Today is Thanksgiving, and I am deeply thankful for all of the people and things that make life worth living. I feel grateful for life itself and everything that comes with it, the good and the bad. Being alive is a great thing.

Happy Thanksgiving!