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Astroinformatics School

The 2015 ASA/ANITA Astroinformatics Summer School is a 3-day program of lectures and tutorials designed to serve as an introduction to high performance computing (HPC), Python-programming, and other IT tools that are essential for the modern astronomer, especially PhD students.
When 11 February 2015 10:10 AM to
13 February 2015 10:10 AM
Where Canberra AU
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 We will introduce the basic Python syntax and cover the most essential Python modules for astronomers (SciPy, NumPy, matplotlib), as well as ipython notebooks. Using concrete examples, participants will learn how to use Python to read data files, perform analysis on the data, and produce production quality plots (including an introduction to producing and exporting interactive 3D plots).

The school will cover supercomputing basics such as environment modules, job submission/monitoring with the Portable Batch System (PBS), and the Lustre distributed file system. We will introduce the basic concepts of OpenMP programming (C/C++), distributed memory programming with MPI, and CUDA programming (C/C++) on GPUs and cover grid-based magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) calculations as an example for an HPC application relevant to astrophysics. Some sessions will be interactive, with the participants following the examples ‘live’. Participants are therefore requested to bring their own laptops/notebooks to the school. Registered participants will be informed via email of which software should be installed prior to arrival.

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