How to use Python on Seawulf

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Last Updated: May 31, 2018

Current Version

Three versions of python are currently available on Seawulf: a standard distribution of python 2.7, along with python 2, and python 3 managend through Anaconda. 

Anaconda2 and Anaconda3 are installed on Seawulf and can be accessed by loading the respective module file:

module load anaconda/2


module load anaconda/3


To ensure that you are executing the correct version, type which python to confirm that Anaconda2 or 3 is loaded:

which python


MPI with Python

Anaconda2 and Anaconda3 are used to manage packages.   These versions come with many commonly used scientific computing libraries.

For multi-node programming in Python, mpi4py is installed.  A python script must interface with this package to run across nodes.  Example scripts can be found here, and in our examples folder:


To launch a Python job using PBS, load the following modules:

module load shared
module load anaconda/2 
module load mvapich2/gcc/64/2.2rc1

To run your script, use mpirun:

mpirun python

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