Archive for April, 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Object Oriented Programming with IDL by Ronn Kling

Ronn Kling’s Object Oriented Programming with IDL is an excellent introduction to object-oriented programming with IDL. The beginning chapters introduce object-oriented concepts like encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism along with IDL’s basic syntax for creating classes. This should be straight-forward for anyone comfortable with writing normal routines in IDL. Later chapters cover more sophisticated topics like […]

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Slug’s Guide to IDL website

One of the great finds from VISualize last week was Robert da Silva’s Slug’s Guide to IDL. It’s got a fairly comprehensive list of tutorials, some written by Robert on the site while others are links to familiar web sites like the Coyote’s Guide to IDL, about various IDL topics.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

GPUs in astronomy

Astonomy Computing Today recently has had a series of articles about using GPUs in astronmy: The Use of Graphical Processing Units (GPU’s) In Astronomy, GPU’s in Astronomy: Critical Decisions for Early Adopters, and GPU’s vs. CPU’s: Apples vs. Oranges?. I think these articles give a great, brief introduction to using a GPU for calculations including […]

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011

What’s new in IDL 8.1 webinar

ITT VIS is hosting a webinar at 2 pm (EDT) about the new features in IDL 8.1. Topics for discussion: Data Visualization, including new Graphics routines and display features, new mapping features and an interface that exposes event handling in a Graphics window File Access, including reading and writing GRIB/2 files, writing to KML/KMZ files […]

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Monday, April 18th, 2011

IDL 8.1 released

IDL 8.1 was released last week during VISualize. This caught me a bit by surprise, but I will do a few posts on 8.1 features in the coming weeks. Here are the basic features: IDLffVideoWrite class for high-quality video output in either mp4 or avi files. This uses the FFmpeg library. There are now keywords […]

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

GPU computing training course

Tech-X is providing GPU training: Tech-X Corporation is pleased to announce our next three-day training course for GPU computing using CUDA will be held from May 16 – 18 at our offices in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The cost for this training will be US$2,500 for all three days. This price includes lunch each day. If […]

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

VISualize 2011 talk

Here are my slides from my talk about accessing remote data at VISualize today. Also, below is a listing of articles corresponding to the topics I talked about: netCDF and DAP bindings (no articles, yet) Line integral convolution (LIC) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Object graphics to POV-Ray 1, 2, 3, 4 IDLdoc mgunit 1, […]

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