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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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Python in HPC

SESSION: Python in HPC

EVENT TYPE: Tutorials

TIME: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Presenter(s):Andy Terrel, Travis Oliphant, Aron Ahmadia, Kurt Smith


The Python ecosystem empowers the HPC community with a stack of tools that are not only powerful but a joy to work with. It is consistently one of the top languages in HPC with a growing vibrant community of open source tools. Proven to scale on the worlds largest clusters, it is a language that has continued to innovate with a wealth of new data tools. This tutorial will survey the state of the art tools and techniques used by HPC Python experts throughout the world. The first half of the day will include an introduction to the standard toolset used in HPC Python and techniques for speeding Python and using legacy codes by wrapping Fortan and C. The second half of the day will include discussion on using Python in a distributed workflow via MPI and tools for handling Big Data analytics. Students should be familar with basic Python syntax, we recommend the Python 2.7 tutorial on We will include hands-on demonstrations of building simulations, wrapping low-level code, executing on a cluster via MPI, and use of big data tools. Examples for a range of experience levels will be provided.

Chair/Presenter Details:

Andy Terrel - University of Texas at Austin

Travis Oliphant - Continuum Analytics

Aron Ahmadia - Continuum Analytics

Kurt Smith - Enthought, Inc.

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