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What's the best way to access sage from a C program?

asked 2014-09-12 15:42:23 -0500

Andrew732 gravatar image

I'm new to Python/Sage and confused about what my options are here. I have a C++ program and occasionally I want to process some data with Sage. It would be far too slow to simply have Sage running like a server and then use the C++ program like a client that queries the server.

What I really want to do is write a standalone Python function that uses Sage library functions, convert that function and any relevant portions of Sage into C, and then with my own compiler, compile that C code into a library that my C++ program can call.

I'm confused about how all this could work with Cython and spyx files and so forth. Is this even possible? Would it be possible but slower to instead embed the Python function in the C++ program? Thanks for any help.

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answered 2014-09-21 12:38:44 -0500

Volker Braun gravatar image

I would turn it around, instead of controlling Sage from within your C++ program make Sage/IPython your user interface. Then call into your C++ code for whatever you want it to do quickly. Will be a much nicer interface than calling your binary with different arguments.

Typically C/C++ code does some fast numerics after you have done some symbolic preprocessing, so usually you don't need to call back into Python then. But you definitely can using the Python C API (tedious), or by linking against Cython module and calling cdef functions, or boost:python.

Simple example of a C++ lattice simulation code controlled from the Sage commandline: https://github.com/vbraun/lattice_phi4

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answered 2014-09-14 05:30:26 -0500

Andrew732 gravatar image

Anybody else ever need to do something like this?

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