Cython: The best of both worlds

Stefan Behnel*, Robert Bradshaw, Craig Citro, Lisandro Dalcin, Dag Sverre Seljebotn, Kurt Smith

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Cython is a Python language extension that allows explicit type declarations and is compiled directly to C. As such, it addresses Python's large overhead for numerical loops and the difficulty of efficiently using existing C and Fortran code, which Cython can interact with natively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5582062
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalComputing in Science and Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011


  • Cython
  • Python
  • numerics
  • scientific computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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