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IPython Interactive Computing and Visualization Cookbook by Cyrille Rossant

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Optimizing Cython code by writing less Python and more C

In this recipe, we will consider a more complicated Cython example. Starting from a slow implementation in pure Python, we will use different Cython features to speed it up progressively.

We will implement a very simple ray tracing engine. Ray tracing consists of rendering a scene by simulating the physical properties of light propagation. This rendering method leads to photorealistic scenes, but it is computationally intensive.

Here, we will render a single sphere with diffuse and specular lighting. First we'll give the example's code in pure Python. Then, we will accelerate it incrementally with Cython.

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The code is long and contains many functions. We will first give the full code of ...

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