The Dask community is highly distributed with different teams working independently. This is powerful but sometimes makes it hard for people within the community to see everything that is going on. The Dask Heartbeat by Coiled is a monthly publication intended to centralize and broadcast Dask news over the previous four weeks.
Dask Distributed Summit
The Dask community is hosting a remote conference from May 19-21st! Details about how to attend and/or present are available at https://summit.dask.org. Matt Rocklin (Coiled) also wrote up some thoughts on Dask conferences in general.
Both Dask and Distributed version 2021.02.0 were released on February 5, 2021.
Dask monthly community meeting
The March Dask community meeting was quite active. Some highlights from the meeting are:
- Ben Zaitlen (NVIDIA) and Julia Signell (Saturn Cloud) were added as new Dask GitHub organization owners (thanks to both of them for all their hard work).
- Tom Augspurger (Microsoft) demoed a new library, stac-vrt, for efficiently building a GDAL VRT from a STAC collection (a mosaic of a bunch of images).
- Simon Perkins (South African Radio Astronomy Observatory) demonstrated how he and his team have been using Dask’s new annotation machinery to increase the performance of large array workloads by reducing dependency transfers between workers. We look forward to Simon’s blog post on this topic.
- The Dask GitHub organization will start experimenting with Orbit to track community engagement.
- The Dask community is thinking about hiring a community manager. This would be a semi-technical role to track the issue tracker, curate other systems like Slack/Discourse, engage with developers, organize blog posts, and more.
Full meeting notes are available here.
Dask Life Science Fellow
Genevieve Buckley recently began as Dask’s Life Science Fellow where she will improve Dask specifically for life sciences. She recently published a blog post about getting to know the life science community.
Python 3.9 support
Accelerating the Dask scheduler livestream
Matt Rocklin (Coiled) gave a talk about ongoing work to accelerate the Dask scheduler. You can see a recording of his talk by clicking below.
Dask and yt
Check out this blogpost by Chris Havlin which provides an update and proposal on Dask and yt development.
Graph manipulation methods
High throughput computing (HTC) with Dask workshop
CECAM organized a HTC with Dask workshop this February which includes several seminars/tutorials that cover topics in the Dask HPC ecosystem. You can learn more about the workshop program (including video recordings) here.
Micro-optimizing and refactoring the Distributed scheduler
John Kirkham (NVIDIA) has continued making micro-optimization of the scheduler as part of a larger effort to boost performance:
You’re All Caught Up On Dask
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