[Baypiggies] [ANN] Scientific Python at UC Berkeley talk for November 18

Ken Seehart ken at seehart.com
Sat Nov 14 13:19:28 CET 2009

+1  I'm glad you sent it.  Otherwise I would miss out.  Looks like a 
great topic.

Fernando Perez wrote:
> Hi all,
> I would like to know if in general people want to get these
> announcements regarding the UC Berkeley py4science seminars on this
> list or not, I don't want to spam people.  But last week's event with
> Guido drew a huge crowd, some from this list, so perhaps there is
> interest  (obviously Guido's visit was a special event, but still
> there may be interest in these talks amongst this group).  If there
> isn't let me know and I won't post them again, as you can always see
> them at the group page:
> https://cirl.berkeley.edu/view/Py4Science/WebHome
> But if you find these useful,  I'm happy to send the announcements
> here, it will be limited to just one email every 2 weeks at most.
> So for now here's next week's, I'll refrain  from posting these again
> if so requested.
> Next week,  we will have a presentation by Bryan Catanzaro from EECS
> on Copperhead, the system we got a glimpse of last week from his
> lightning talk.  Details below.
> Thanks,
> f
> When: November 18, 2pm.
> Where: UC Berkeley, Evans 508-20
> Title: Copperhead: Data-Parallel Python
> Abstract:
> The need for productive programming languages which can avail
> themselves of parallel hardware has never been more acute.  The
> Copperhead project attempts to address this problem by defining a
> subset of Python which can be compiled and executed in a data-parallel
> fashion.  Copperhead procedures are expressed as standard, fully-legal
> Python procedures operating on Numpy datatypes, which are intercepted,
> specialized, and compiled to parallel C code at runtime, and then
> executed on a high-performance parallel platform.  Since the
> Copperhead runtime supports only a subset of Python, the runtime will
> revert to standard Python execution if specialization fails.  The
> current Copperhead runtime targets Nvidia Graphics Processors, which
> are highly suited for data-parallel computation and provide high
> performance.  In this talk, I will be discussing the current state of
> Copperhead, as well as plans for future development.
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