Following up on a topic from the Sept 8 public meeting and the continuation of the discussion in the Sept 15 developer meeting, we are planning to setup an “extras” repository. Initially, the new repo is for features that need time to mature and stabilize, but it may grow into something more.
The new repo is aim to:
Reduce the barrier to contribute.
Compiler features can be hard to design and test. Designs may need to be change after some time and usage in the wild. Features may interfere with others in ways that are hard to anticipate in code-review. The new repo can provide a ground for new features to mature.
Isolate unstable features.
The new repo will provide a new Python package, which becomes an opt-in mechanic for these features. The core Numba repo can provide a higher stability guarantee without impeding the growth of new features.
Help Numba to become more extensible.
The new repo can highlight the weaknesses of the extension API.
Increase community involvement.
e.g. community code owners/managers for the new repo.
There will be coding conventions or technical restrictions for the new repo. So far, we have considered the followings:
- It will be a pure-python repo. Any feature that requires native code is likely too complicated and should consider contributing to the core repo or start a new project.
- Code is limited to use only the Numba extension API and not any internal Numba code. This will help Numba to better define the externsion API.
- No additional required dependencies can be added, but optional dependencies are allowed.
At this time, we are still figuring out the details and the Numba developer is planning to bootstrap the repo with a few unstable features in Numba.
Lastly, we are considering the following names for the new repo:
- numba-universe, numba-multiverse
- numba-unstable, numba-experimental
- numba-addons, numba-extras, numba-contrib, numba-boltons, numba-xtra
(I grouped the names into 3 categories based on their similarities.)
Please let us know your thoughts and any feedback for the plan and the names.