FAµST 3.35.15 — LazyLinearOp

Edit — 17/08/2023: The LazyLinearOp class has been relocated in its own project named lazylinop

A new class named LazyLinearOp is now available in matfaust and pyfaust.

Starting from a numpy array, a scipy matrix, a Faust object, or potentially many other compatible linear operators with efficient implementatons, this class follows the lazy evaluation paradigm. In short, one can aggregate low-level LazyLinearOp objects into higher-level ones using many  classical operations (addition, concatenation, adjoint, real part, etc.), without actually building arrays.  The actual effect of these operations is delayed until the resulting linear operator is actually applied to a vector (or to a collection of vectors, seen as a matrix).

The main interest of this paradigm is to enable the construction of processing pipelines that exploit as building blocks efficient implementations of  “low-level” linear operators.

LazyLinearOperators are complementary to other “lazy” objects such as LazyTensors in Kheops, or the ones of lazyarray, and WeldNumpy libraries, which, to the best of our knowledge, primarily provide compact descriptions of arrays which entries can be evaluated efficiently on the fly.

For more information and a demo about the LazyLinearOp class, a jupyter notebook is available here.

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