[AstroPy] Announcing the 2013 yt developer conference - March 6-8, Santa Cruz California

Nathan Goldbaum goldbaum at ucolick.org
Tue Jan 15 18:53:33 EST 2013

Dear Colleagues,

We are proud to officially announce the upcoming 2013 yt developer workshop.
This three day event, to be held on the campus of the University of California,
Santa Cruz on March 6th through 8th, will bring together a diverse group of 
students, researchers, and developers.

yt is a community-developed analysis and visualization toolkit, primarily
directed at astrophysical hydrodynamics simulations, offering full support for
output from the Enzo, FLASH, Orion, and Nyx codes, with preliminary support for
several others.  It provides access to simulation data using an intuitive python
interface, can quickly and easily perform many common visualization and analysis
tasks, and offers a framework for conducting data reductions and analysis of
simulation data.  More details about yt, including download and installation
instructions as well as full documentation are available on our website:

Up to this point, yt development has proceeded largely over the internet,
leveraging e-mail lists, our online code repository
(http://bitbucket.org/yt_analysis), and IRC to track, discuss, and evaluate
changes to the code.  Unfortunately, this model makes it difficult to jump in to
development as a newcomer.  This workshop will not only allow experienced
developers to collaborate in person on new features, but will also be a means
for new developers to learn what yt is about and begin contributing.  The
workshop will include several training sessions, constituting a primer in
distributed version control, test-based development, and best practices for
scientific programming.

The workshop will also serve as a venue to plan and execute some of the major
new features we are planning for the upcoming yt 3.0 release, including full
support for outputs of Lagrangian codes like Gadget, Gasoline and AREPO, better 
support for oct-based codes like ART and RAMSES, initial conditions generation, 
the new Grid Data Format, a new way of handling units and unit conversion, 
non-cartesian geometries, and advanced graphical browser widgets inside the 
iPython notebook.

More information and a registration form for the workshop are available on the
workshop website: http://yt-project.org/workshop2013/. We have limited funding
support for hotels and airfare.  Funds will be preferentially distributed to
students and the level of individual support will depend on demand.

If you have questions or concerns about the workshop, please feel free to
contact the organizers at workshop2013 at yt-project.org.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Nathan Goldbaum
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