During my years on Python development, I’ve always been amazed at how much much much faster things become if you manage to rewrite that code that loops though your ndarray and does something, with numpy functions that work on the whole array at once. More recently I’m switching more and more to node, and I’m looking for something similar. So far I have turned up some things, none of which look promising:
- scikit-node, runs scikit-learn in python, and interfaces with node. I haven’t tried it, but I don’t expect it gives me the cutting edge speed that I would like.
Edit, in response to close-votes: Note, I’m not asking for “what is the best package to do xyz”. I’m just wondering if there is a technical reason there is no package to do this on node, a social reason, or no reason at all and there is just a package I missed. Maybe to avoid too many opinionated criticism, I want to know: I have about 10000 matrices that are 100 x 100 each. What’s the best (* correction, a reasonable fast) way to add them together?
After some more digging, it turned out I was googling for the wrong thing. Google for “node.js scientific computing” and there are links to some very interesting notes:
Basically as far as I understand now, no-one has bothered so far. Also, since there are some major omissions in the js TypedArrays (such as 64bit ints), it might be hard to add good support by just using NPMs, and not hacking the engine itself — something that would defeat the purpose. Then again, I didn’t further research this last statement.
Here is Google’s TensorFlow.js (previously https://deeplearnjs.org), which does exactly that, and has built in capacities to train deep neural networks on GPUs using WebGL. You can also port TensorFlow models to it.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is only for deep learning. It is a fully fledged numerical computing platform with built-in GPU acceleration. It follows the eager “execute as you go” model, like NumPy (and Tensorflow Eager, and PyTorch, and others), not the “define then run” model like Tensorflow. As such, it will feel natural to use to anyone who has used NumPy before.
Here is the very informative Github repo: