Continuum Analytics CEO to Discuss and Demonstrate Programming GPUs Directly with Python at Supercomputing 2012

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Supercomputing 2012, Nov. 10-Nov. 16, Salt Lake City

WHAT: Continuum Analytics, the premier provider of Python-based data-analytics solutions and services, today announced that its CEO and co-founder, Travis Oliphant, Ph.D., will attend and present at Supercomputing 2012 (SC12), Nov. 10-Nov. 16, in Salt Lake City.

In a presentation entitled, “Compiling Python to the GPU with Numba,” Dr. Oliphant will demonstrate how Numba makes programming the GPU as easy as a one-line change to working Python code. Given that GPUs can offer orders of magnitude speed-ups for certain calculations, but programming the GPU remains difficult, Dr. Oliphant will discuss emerging approaches for using Python to directly compile to the GPU.

Dr. Oliphant will also join specialists from Texas Advanced Computing Center and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in presenting the tutorial, “Python in HPC.” The speakers will explore how as HPC increases its vision to big data and non-traditional applications, the Python language can make it easier for newcomer and more robust and productive for experts. The group will provide attendees with practical experience for using Python for scientific computing tasks.

WHO: Continuum Analytics provides large-scale, interactive data-analytics solutions and services that empower organizations to analyze, manage and visualize big data. Its products and services are based on the Python programming language, which elegantly and flexibly handles big data. Easy to learn, easy to use and powerful, Python is already a major technology in scientific computing, and is rapidly being adopted by Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his role as co-founder and CEO at Continuum Analytics, Dr. Oliphant is a major figure in the PyData community, a group of developers and data scientists who utilize the Python programming language for big-data analysis. Dr. Oliphant has a doctorate from the Mayo Clinic and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. Since 1997, he has worked extensively with Python for numerical and scientific programming, most notably as the primary developer of the NumPy package and the founding contributor of the SciPy package. He is also the author of the definitive “Guide to NumPy.”

Salt Palace Convention Center
Salt Lake City

Python in HPC
Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 p.m. MT
Room #255-F

Compiling Python to the GPU with Numba
Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:00 p.m. MT
Nvidia’s GPU Technology Theater Booth #2217

CONTACT: If you are a member of the media or analyst communities and you’d like to schedule an on-site briefing with Oliphant, contact Deborah McCandless at 212.255.0080, ext. 32 or continuum(at)articulatecomms(dot)com.

About Continuum Analytics
Continuum Analytics Python-based, data-analytics products and consulting services empower organizations to analyze, manage and visualize big data – turning massive datasets into actionable insights and business value. Built on proven, open-source offerings and integrated within existing IT environments, Continuum Analytics’ tools allow organizations to make critical business decisions based on their data quickly, easily, inexpensively and flexibility. Without having to worry about how to access their data, organizations can free up resources to make decision to benefit the bottom line. To learn more about Continuum Analytics services, training and product offerings, visit

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