On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM, Kyle Mandli <kyle.mandli@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello everyone,

As one of the co-chairs in charge of organizing the birds-of-a-feather sesssions at the SciPy conference this year, I wanted to solicit through the NumPy list to see if we could get enough interest to hold a NumPy centered BoF this year.  The BoF format would be up to those who would lead the discussion, a couple of ideas used in the past include picking out a few of the lead devs to be on a panel and have a Q&A type of session or an open Q&A with perhaps audience guided list of topics.  I can help facilitate organization of something but we would really like to get something organized this year (last year NumPy was the only major project that was not really represented in the BoF sessions).

I'll be at the conference, but I don't know who else will be there. I feel that NumPy has matured to the point where most of the current work is cleaning stuff up, making it run faster, and fixing bugs. A topic that I'd like to see discussed is where do we go from here. One option to look at is Blaze, which looks to have matured a lot in the last year. The problem with making it a NumPy replacement is that NumPy has become quite widespread, with downloads from PyPi running at about 3 million per year. With that much penetration it may be difficult for a new core like Blaze to gain traction.  So I'd like to also discuss ways to bring the two branches of development together at some point and explore what NumPy can do to pave the way. Mind, there are definitely things that would be nice to add to NumPy, a better type system, missing values, etc., but doing that is difficult given the current design.