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WestGrid advanced-computing workshop series: Working with multidimensional arrays in Python

This workshop is part of the Westgrid advanced computing workshop series.

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Workshop description:

Working with multidimensional arrays is essential in many scientific fields. In this workshop we will focus on working with arrays in Python. We will start with regular numpy (https://numpy.org) arrays, then transition to multidimensional labelled arrays with xarray (http://xarray.pydata.org), and then we will take a look at working with 3D multi-resolution volumetric and particle data in yt (https://yt-project.org). We will also do some array visualization along the way.


A basic familiarity with running Python in Jupyter notebooks is required.

Things to do before the workshop starts:

If you want to follow along on your laptop, you can use an online Jupyter notebook at https://syzygy.ca, or you can install the packages (jupyter, numpy, xarray, yt) on your computer and run Python locally. We will not be debugging any installation issues during the workshop.

About the presenters:

Alex Razoumov is a training and visualization coordinator in WestGrid / Compute Canada. He has a keen interest in difficult computational problems, with a PhD in computational astrophysics from the University of British Columbia and postdoctoral experience in Urbana–Champaign, San Diego, Oak Ridge, and Halifax. He has worked on numerical models ranging from galaxy formation to core-collapse supernovae and stellar hydrodynamics, and has developed a number of computational fluid dynamics and radiative transfer codes and techniques. Alex has been with Compute Canada in one role or another since 2009. He is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Marie-Helene Burle Prior to entering the realm of computing, Marie-Helene Burle spent 15 years roaming the globe from the High Arctic to uninhabited Sub-Antarctic islands or desert tropical atolls, conducting bird and mammal research (she calls those her "years running after penguins"). As a PhD candidate in behavioural and evolutionary biology at Simon Fraser University, she "fell" into Emacs, R, and Linux. This turned Marie into an advocate for open source tools and improved computing literacy for all, as well as better coding practices and more reproducible workflows in science. She started to contribute to the open source community, became a Software and Data Carpentry Instructor, and worked at the SFU Research Commons providing programming support to researchers. She is thrilled to be continuing in this direction with HPC and new languages at WestGrid. When not behind a computer, Marie loves reading history books and looking for powder in the British Columbia backcountry on skis.


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This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. Registration closes at the same time.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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