High-Performance Python – Distributed Python


This is the final article in the Python series. Python, an amazing language with a huge number of modules is starting to dominate various technical and non-technical areas as the language of choice. I hope these articles have presented some of the more common tools for improving the performance of numerically intense computations. The tools allow you to write code in C/C++ or Fortran and call it from within the Python interpreter. You can also use some of these tools to run OpenMP code that lets you use all available CPU cores. Python code can also be compiled with a just-in-time (JIT) compiler to improve performance by using all of the CPU cores and by running Python code on GPUs. Other tools allow you to run code on GPUs from within Python. Finally are the tools that allow Python to run on distributed environments on top of very high performance network frameworks and the Pythonic tools for running code built with NumPy, pandas, and scikit-learn, although you can also run general Python code. I hope you appreciate the rich variety of tools and how they interoperate.