IDL's primary use is in the analysis and display of scientific data through its programming, plotting, and image display facilities.
- 2-D Plotting & Contouring
- Surface Plotting & 3-D Graphics
- Graphic Effects
- Color Systems
- Curve & Surface Fitting
- Image and Signal Processing
- Linear Systems
- Sparse Linear Systems
- Nonlinear Systems and Root Finding
- Multi-Dimensional Optimization
- Special & Transcendental Functions
- Correlation Analysis and Forecasting
- Hypothesis Testing
- Multi-Dimensional Gridding and Interpolation
- Development and Programming Tools
- Integrated Development Environment
- User Interface Toolkit
- IDL Insight
- IDL DataMiner Option
Using IDL at NERSC¶
First load the IDL module
module load idl
and start IDL by running
Or to use the IDL development environment, first log on to Cori via NoMachine and then type:
module load idl idlde
IDL has a rich set of demos. To view them, in the IDL command line, type:
Running IDL procedures via batch job¶
If you would prefer to run IDL via a batch job, here is a simple demonstration workflow.
Let's assume we would like to run an IDL procedure called
pro idl_hello print, 'Hello world from IDL' end
Here is the batch script that will run our IDL procedure which we will call
idl_batch.sh. For more help setting up your batch script, check out our jobscript generator.
#!/bin/bash #SBATCH -N 1 #SBATCH -C knl #SBATCH -q regular #SBATCH -t 00:05:00 #OpenMP settings: export OMP_NUM_THREADS=68 export OMP_PLACES=threads export OMP_PROC_BIND=spread #load the idl module module load idl #run the application: srun -n 1 -c 272 --cpu_bind=cores idl -e "idl_hello"
Then to submit your idl job, simply type
idl_batch.sh will load IDL and execute the procedure that you specified. The key is the
idl -e "idl_hello" which allows IDL to execute your procedure via the command line. We set
-c 272 to give IDL the ability to take advantage of multithreading which is availible in some libraries. For more information about multithreading in IDL see this IDL help article.
Availability at NERSC¶
We currently support IDL 8.5 (default), 8.3, and 8.2.
For more information on IDL, please refer to the IDL software home page.