yt workshop 2012 - a success!
@ Matthew Turk | Monday, Jan 30, 2012 | 1 minute read | Update at Monday, Jan 30, 2012

The yt workshop last week in Chicago ( ) was an enormous success. On behalf of the organizing and technical committees, I’d like to specifically thank the FLASH Center, particularly Don Lamb, Mila Kuntu, Carrie Eder, for their hospitality; the venue was outstanding and their hospitality touching. Additionally, we’re very grateful to the Adler Planetarium’s Doug Roberts and Mark SubbaRao for hosting us on Wednesday evening – seeing the planetarium show as well as volume renderings made by yt users up on the dome was so much fun. The yt workshop was supported by NSF Grant 1214147. Thanks to everyone who attended – your energy and excitement helped make it a success.

Thanks also to the organizing and technical committees: Britton Smith, John ZuHone, Brian O’Shea, Jeff Oishi, Stephen Skory, Sam Skillman, and Cameron Hummels. All talks have been recorded, and you can clone a unified repository of talk slides and worked examples:

hg clone 

A few photos have been put up online, too:

As I am able to edit and upload talks, they’ll appear on the yt youtube channel as well as on the yt homepage:

Thanks again, and wow, what a week!

yt extension modules

yt has many extension packages to help you in your scientific workflow! Check these out, or create your own.


ytini is set of tools and tutorials for using yt as a tool inside the 3D visual effects software Houdini or a data pre-processor externally to Houdini.


Trident is a full-featured tool that projects arbitrary sightlines through astrophysical hydrodynamics simulations for generating mock spectral observations of the IGM and CGM.


pyXSIM is a Python package for simulating X-ray observations from astrophysical sources.


Analyze merger tree data from multiple sources. It’s yt for merger trees!


yt_idv is a package for interactive volume rendering with yt! It provides interactive visualization using OpenGL for datasets loaded in yt. It is written to provide both scripting and interactive access.


widgyts is a jupyter widgets extension for yt, backed by rust/webassembly to allow for browser-based, interactive exploration of data from yt.


yt_astro_analysis is the yt extension package for astrophysical analysis.

Make your own!!

Finally, check out our development docs on writing your own yt extensions!

Contributing to the Blog

Are you interested in contributing to the yt blog?

Check out our post on contributing to the blog for a guide!

We welcome contributions from all members of the yt community. Feel free to reach out if you need any help.

the yt data hub

The yt hub at has a ton of resources to check out, whether you have yt installed or not.

The collections host all sorts of data that can be loaded with yt. Some have been used in publications, and others are used as sample frontend data for yt. Maybe there’s data from your simulation software?

The rafts host the yt quickstart notebooks, where you can interact with yt in the browser, without needing to install it locally. Check out some of the other rafts too, like the widgyts release notebooks – a demo of the widgyts yt extension pacakge; or the notebooks from the CCA workshop – a user’s workshop on using yt.

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