Parallel Programming with Python

Welcome to a short course that will teach you how to write Python scripts that can take advantage of the processing power of multicore processors and large compute clusters. While this course is based on Python, the core ideas of functional programming and parallel functional programming are applicable to a wide range of languages.

To follow this course you should already have a good basic understanding of Python, e.g. loops, functions, containers and classes. This course will rely on you understanding the material presented in my Beginning Python and Intermediate Python courses.

This is a short course that will give you a taste of functional programming and how it can be used to write efficient parallel code. Please work through the course at your own pace. Python is best learned by using it, so please copy out and play with the examples provided, and also have a go at the exercises.

NOTE - this course will present parallel python as implemented in Python 2. There are some small differences between Python 2 and 3 for parallel Python that are described here. Presenting these differences during the course itself would be distracting. Please use a Python 2 interpreter to complete this course, and then, if you are interested, take a look at the list of small changes in Python 3 to see how things have changed (and got a little more complex).

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