Python/Harmattan/Performance Considerations for Python Apps

m (PyMaemo/Performance moved to Performance: Only indirectly related to PyMaemo)
m (Performance moved to Performance Considerations for Python Apps: Hmm, made the title too geneirc)

Revision as of 12:54, 20 May 2010

Based on Python faster (for fmms initially) and Qt startup time tips



Do not worry about performance unless you notice a problem. Then only optimize what you can justify with profiling.

To profile Python code, run it with

$ python -m cProfile -o .profile

To then analyze the results

$ python -m pstats .profile
> sort cumulative
> stats 40

That sorted the results by the time it took for a function and all the functions it called. It then displays the top 40 results.

Improving Performance

Interpreter Choice

Unladen Swallow

PEP 3146 - Merging of Unladen Swallow

Currently Unladen Swallow has not seen too much performance benefit but has a longer start up time and takes more memory

Psyco / Cython

Do these work with Arm?


C with CTypes


/usr/bin/python Startup

PyLauncher was favored back in the Maemo 4.1 days but has fallen out of favor lately.

Parsing .py files

Perceived Startup Performance

hildon_gtk_window_take_screenshot takes advantage of user perception to make the user think the app is launched faster.


Memory Usage


Is Python slow?

The standard response of "it depends". For a graphical application not doing too much processing a user will probably not notice it is written in Python. Compare that to an experiment by epage in writing a GST video filter in python that at best ran at 2 seconds per frame.