Thursday, August 20, 2009

Python for Scientific Computing Conference

Posted by Danny Tarlow
The SciPy 2009 conference is happening right now in Pasadena, California. I am unfortunately in the wrong region of California to be attending, but the contents of the conference -- and particularly the tutorials -- look great.

The ones I would be most excited to attend would be the sympy and pyCUDA tutorials.

I've long been a big fan of sympy for hairy symbolic math computations. There have been some frustrations using it, but it is growing to be a quite usable library, and I've found the support via the mailing list to be top notch.

I'd never heard of pyCUDA before today, but it promises to be a clean, friendly, Python interface to GPU programming. It is based on the Nvidia CUDA API, which looks to have been used to significantly speed up some cool and relevant applications, like sliding window-based object detection.

The best part? Twitter is buzzing that the tutorial videos are avaiable online:
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=scipy

1 comment:

Solal said...

Been trying to use if for some serious linear algebra, but as soon as the number of symbols starts to grow a bit, computations never end.

Too bad, because the package seemed promising