I am looking to setup an HPC cluster so that it has a modern installation of Python with Numpy/Scipy on the compute nodes.
The version of Linux we are using has Python 2.4 installed by default. I know there have been a number of new features and fixes since then. Is it a good idea to install Python 2.6 or 2.7 on the nodes as well? Are there any potential downsides to upgrading to a newer version in a production HPC environment?
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