pyasdf and Dependencies

pyasdf supports Python version 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6 and it depends on the following Python modules: NumPy, ObsPy, h5py, colorama, flake8, pytest, prov, dill, and optionally mpi4py. You can install pyasdf with or without parallel I/O support; the later requires mpi4py and parallel versions of hdf5 and h5py.

pyasdf itself is available on pypi and also as a conda package in the conda-forge channel (non-parallel only).

If you know what you are doing, install it any way you see fit. Otherwise do yourself a favor and download the Anaconda Python distribution for your chosen Python version.


When to choose the parallel I/O version?

Please note that in most cases it is not worth it to install the parallel I/O version. For one most machines (aside from actual HPC machines) don’t even have the necessary hardware to do actually parallel I/O. Also seismological waveform data is usually not that big in volume so a single reading/writing thread might be sufficient.

But if your application does indeed benefit from parallel I/O follow the instructions below.

Non-parallel pyasdf

This is very easy - just execute this one line and it will install all the dependencies including pyasdf (assuming you installed the Anaconda Python distribution as recommended above).

$ conda install -c conda-forge pyasdf

pyasdf with parallel I/O


There currently might be some issues in combination of Python 3 and MPI so if you want to utilize parallel I/O best stick to Python 2.7 for now.

The version with parallel I/O support is a bit more difficult as the h5py installable via conda has no parallel I/O support.

$ conda update conda
$ conda install -c conda-forge obspy colorama pytest pip flake8 dill prov

For all of the following steps make sure that the MPI package of your local supercomputer/cluster is loaded. The mpi4py potentially shipping with Anaconda might not work on your cluster so uninstall it and reinstall with pip at which point it should link against your cluster’s MPI implementation.

$ conda uninstall mpi4py
$ pip install mpi4py

Keep in mind that h5py must be compiled with parallel I/O support and that it is linked against the same MPI as mpi4py which of course should be the same that is used by your computer.

Install parallel h5py according to these instructions.

A further thing to keep in mind is that mpi4py changed some of their internal API for version 2.0. This has to be accounted for when installing the parallel h5py version. See here for more details:

Finally install pyasdf with

$ pip install pyasdf

After everything is installed, you can run the following command to print information about the current system.

$ python -c "import pyasdf; pyasdf.print_sys_info()"

which will print something along the following lines:

pyasdf version 0.1.4
CPython 2.7.9, compiler: GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5577)
Darwin 14.3.0 64bit
Machine: x86_64, Processor: i386 with 8 cores
HDF5 version 1.8.17, h5py version: 2.5.0
MPI: Open MPI, version: 1.10.1, mpi4py version: 2.0.0
Parallel I/O support: True
Problematic multiprocessing: False
    dill: 0.2.5
    lxml: 3.7.2
    numpy: 1.11.3
    obspy: 1.0.3
    prov: 1.4.0
    scipy: 0.18.1

This should enable you to judge if pyasdf can run on your system. Especially important is the Parallel I/O support line. If multiprocessing is problematic, pyasdf will not be able to run on more than one machine without MPI. Please see here for information about why and how to fix it.


To assert that your installation is working properly, execute

$ python -m pyasdf.tests

and make sure all tests pass. Otherwise please contact the developers.

Building the Documentation

The documentation requires sphinx and the Bootstrap theme. Install both with

$ pip install sphinx sphinx-bootstrap-theme

Build the doc with

$ cd doc
$ make html

Finally open the doc/_build/html/index.html file with the browser of your choice.