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>Subject: [CSL Colloq] Scientific Computing and Scripting Language 
>Extension * 4:15PM, Wed Apr 10, 2002 in Gates B03
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>         Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium
>           4:15PM, Wednesday, April 10, 2002
>     NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03
>              http://ee380.stanford.edu[1]
>Topic:  Scientific Computing and Scripting Language Extension
>         Programming
>Speaker:        David Beazley
>                 University of Chicago
>About the talk:
>In the last five years, a significant shift in software
>architecture has occurred in the scientific computing community.
>Rather than exclusively focusing on the performance properties of
>low-level programming languages like C,C++, and Fortran, a large
>number of scientists are now building applications in the form of
>compiled extensions to high-level scripting languages like
>Python, Perl, and Tcl---languages that are interpreted,
>dynamically typed, and not normally associated with high
>performance computing. Closely associated with the rising
>popularity of scripting, a significant number of research and
>development efforts have focused on the problem of creating
>software development tools, libraries, and compilers for
>simplifying the task of extension programming.
>In this talk, I will briefly describe the factors that are
>driving the use of scripting technology in scientific computing
>projects. I will then provide an overview of SWIG (http://www.swig.org[2]),
>a specialized C++ compiler that automatically generates scripting
>language bindings to existing programs. Finally, I will describe
>some of the open software development and systems-related
>challenges that are faced by scientists working in this
>About the speaker:
>David Beazley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
>Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He is the creator
>of SWIG and the author of the Python Essential Reference. Prior
>to joining the University of Chicago, he worked on molecular
>dynamics software in the Theoretical Physics Division at Los
>Alamos National Laboratory.
>Contact information:
>David M. Beazley
>1100 E 58th Street
>University of Chicago
>Chicago, IL 60637
>[ 1 ]    http://ee380.stanford.edu
>[ 2 ]    http://www.swig.org
>[ 3 ]    mailto:beazley
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