

Volume 7, Issue 4
2000
While packed arrays may sound quite mysterious and deep, the idea is really
quite simple. When it is clearly appropriate to represent a list of singletype
machine numbers (integer, real, or complex) internally as an array, Mathematica
does so. The basic technology is actually there in Mathematica 3.0, and
is visible in the List operations which
were added to the compiler. Basically what we have done for Mathematica
4.0 is to extend this representation to kernel functions where it is
appropriate.
(If you don't have a copy of Mathematica, you can view the notebook
using Mathematica
Player.)
Rob Knapp
Wolfram Research, Inc.
rknapp@wolfram.com
