Edit2. Here's PDL vs. numpy simple performance test in earnest, I hope Python code really does what I intended, and so no more blunders. I don't see any "numpy is better than PDL" as claimed, except PDL devs didn't bother to optimize "zeroes", as, it looks, it really fills every 8 bytes, cell by cell by cell... Too bad if initializing lots of arrays with zeroes is missioncritical. (That said, of course PDL isn't perfect.) Python3 and numpy are from 18.04LTS repositories.
import time
import numpy as np
d = (1000,500,500)
t = time.time(); x = np.zeros(( d )); print( time.time()  t )
t = time.time(); y = np.ones(( d )); print( time.time()  t )
t = time.time(); z = x / y; print( time.time()  t )
1.1920928955078125e05
0.6920394897460938
1.205686330795288
use strict;
use warnings;
use feature 'say';
use Time::HiRes 'time';
use PDL;
$PDL::BIGPDL = $PDL::BIGPDL = 1;
my @d = (1000,500,500);
my $t;
$t = time; my $x = zeroes( @d ); say time  $t;
$t = time; my $y = ones( @d ); say time  $t;
$t = time; my $z = $x / $y; say time  $t;
0.727283954620361
0.730240821838379
0.971168994903564

Edit. I was wrong about 'float32' being default for numpy, sorry. My answer doesn't explain the observed speed comparison.

As quick googling shows, default data type for numpy is 32bit "single precision" "float". PDL default is 64bit "double precision" "double". Hence illusory 2x speed difference. Your example is just trivial allocation/arithmetic in underlying C, after all. In PDL, you can specify data type in constructor, as e.g. typing "?zeroes" in interactive shell will explain (and as shown below).
Complete cmd.exe window dump to show versions, etc.:

Welcome to Strawberry Perl PDL Edition!
* URL  http://strawberryperl.com + http://pdl.perl.org
* to launch perl script run: perl c:\my\scripts\pdltest.pl
* to start PDL console run: pdl2
* to update PDL run: cpanm PDL
* to install extra module run: cpanm PDL::Any::Module
or if previous fails: ppm PDL::Any::Module
* or you can use dev tools like: gcc, g++, gfortran, gmake
* see README.TXT for more info

Perl executable: C:\berrybrew\strawberryperl5.30.1.164bitPDL\perl\
+bin\perl.exe
Perl version : 5.30.1 / MSWin32x64multithread
PDL version : 2.019
C:\berrybrew\strawberryperl5.30.1.164bitPDL>pdl2
Unable to get Terminal Size. The Win32 GetConsoleScreenBufferInfo call
+ didn't work. The COLUMNS and LINES environment variables didn't work
+. at C:/berrybrew/strawberryperl5.30.1.164bitPDL/perl/vendor/lib/
+Term/ReadLine/readline.pm line 410.
load_rcfile: got $HOME = C:\berrybrew\strawberryperl5.30.1.164bitP
+DL\data
load_rcfile: loading PDL/default.pdl
Perldl2 Shell v0.008
PDL comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. For details, see the file
'COPYING' in the PDL distribution. This is free software and you
are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions, see
the same file for details.
Loaded plugins:
CleanErrors
Commands
Completion
CompletionDriver::INC
CompletionDriver::Keywords
CompletionDriver::LexEnv
CompletionDriver::Methods
DDS
FindVariable
History
LexEnv
MultiLine::PPI
NiceSlice
PDLCommands
Packages
PrintControl
ReadLineHistory
Type 'help' for online help
Type CtrlD or quit to exit
Loaded PDL v2.019
pdl>
pdl> $PDL::BIGPDL = 1
pdl> use Time::HiRes 'time'; *t = \&time
pdl> @d=(500,500,500) # 8 GB RAM here, let's avoid swapping
pdl>
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes@d; $y=ones@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y; p t$t
1.2526330947876
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes@d; $y=ones@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y; p t$t
1.69825196266174
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes@d; $y=ones@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y; p t$t
1.59618711471558
pdl> p $z2>info
PDL: Double D [500,500,500]
pdl>
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes double,@d; $y=ones double,@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y
+; p t$t
1.64064288139343
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes double,@d; $y=ones double,@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y
+; p t$t
1.6656858921051
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes double,@d; $y=ones double,@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y
+; p t$t
1.68068408966064
pdl>
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes float,@d; $y=ones float,@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y;
+p t$t
1.11372804641724
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes float,@d; $y=ones float,@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y;
+p t$t
0.841649055480957
pdl> $t=t; $x=zeroes float,@d; $y=ones float,@d; $z=$x+$y; $z2=$x/$y;
+p t$t
0.83014702796936
pdl> p $z2>info
PDL: Float D [500,500,500]
pdl>
