[SciPy-dev] the scipy mission, include finite element solver

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Tue Apr 14 20:11:04 CDT 2009

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 19:50, Ondrej Certik <ondrej@certik.cz> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 2:43 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 15:56, Gael Varoquaux
>> <gael.varoquaux@normalesup.org> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 01:42:31PM -0700, Ondrej Certik wrote:
>>>> There needs to be something, that people can take and customize to
>>>> create their own all in one solutions, e.g. for PDE, or for biology,
>>>> for mathematics (that is Sage) or I don't know what.
>>>> Too bad I need to sleep some time, otherwise I'd be working on this
>>>> nonstop to make this happen.
>>> I am with you here (but not working on it :( ).
>>> I didn't add anything to the discussion on PDE's, but all the time during
>>> this discussion I had in mind the interface nightmare problem: I don't
>>> care which PDE solver I use, if it has an interface I know. So we need a
>>> package to implement a base interface, that I can depend on. The solver
>>> behind this interface might not be performant, it is just there as a
>>> back. Scipy does seem a natural slot for such code.
>> I conjecture, though, that the interface is the critical
>> differentiator (ahem, no pun intended) between implementations.
> So if you all seem to agree to that scipy mission, do you think it
> could be put on the scipy front page? :) Is there anything I can do to
> make this happen?

I don't think it's worded well as a mission statement although I,
naturally, agree with the content.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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