dask.array.blockwise(func, out_ind, *args, name=None, token=None, dtype=None, adjust_chunks=None, new_axes=None, align_arrays=True, concatenate=None, meta=None, **kwargs)[source]

Tensor operation: Generalized inner and outer products

A broad class of blocked algorithms and patterns can be specified with a concise multi-index notation. The blockwise function applies an in-memory function across multiple blocks of multiple inputs in a variety of ways. Many dask.array operations are special cases of blockwise including elementwise, broadcasting, reductions, tensordot, and transpose.


Function to apply to individual tuples of blocks


Block pattern of the output, something like ‘ijk’ or (1, 2, 3)

*argssequence of Array, index pairs

Sequence like (x, ‘ij’, y, ‘jk’, z, ‘i’)


Extra keyword arguments to pass to function


Datatype of resulting array.

concatenatebool, keyword only

If true concatenate arrays along dummy indices, else provide lists


Dictionary mapping index to function to be applied to chunk sizes

new_axesdict, keyword only

New indexes and their dimension lengths


2D embarrassingly parallel operation from two arrays, x, and y.

>>> import operator, numpy as np, dask.array as da
>>> x = da.from_array([[1, 2],
...                    [3, 4]], chunks=(1, 2))
>>> y = da.from_array([[10, 20],
...                    [0, 0]])
>>> z = blockwise(operator.add, 'ij', x, 'ij', y, 'ij', dtype='f8')
>>> z.compute()
array([[11, 22],
       [ 3,  4]])

Outer product multiplying a by b, two 1-d vectors

>>> a = da.from_array([0, 1, 2], chunks=1)
>>> b = da.from_array([10, 50, 100], chunks=1)
>>> z = blockwise(np.outer, 'ij', a, 'i', b, 'j', dtype='f8')
>>> z.compute()
array([[  0,   0,   0],
       [ 10,  50, 100],
       [ 20, 100, 200]])

z = x.T

>>> z = blockwise(np.transpose, 'ji', x, 'ij', dtype=x.dtype)
>>> z.compute()
array([[1, 3],
       [2, 4]])

The transpose case above is illustrative because it does transposition both on each in-memory block by calling np.transpose and on the order of the blocks themselves, by switching the order of the index ij -> ji.

We can compose these same patterns with more variables and more complex in-memory functions

z = X + Y.T

>>> z = blockwise(lambda x, y: x + y.T, 'ij', x, 'ij', y, 'ji', dtype='f8')
>>> z.compute()
array([[11,  2],
       [23,  4]])

Any index, like i missing from the output index is interpreted as a contraction (note that this differs from Einstein convention; repeated indices do not imply contraction.) In the case of a contraction the passed function should expect an iterable of blocks on any array that holds that index. To receive arrays concatenated along contracted dimensions instead pass concatenate=True.

Inner product multiplying a by b, two 1-d vectors

>>> def sequence_dot(a_blocks, b_blocks):
...     result = 0
...     for a, b in zip(a_blocks, b_blocks):
...         result += a.dot(b)
...     return result
>>> z = blockwise(sequence_dot, '', a, 'i', b, 'i', dtype='f8')
>>> z.compute()

Add new single-chunk dimensions with the new_axes= keyword, including the length of the new dimension. New dimensions will always be in a single chunk.

>>> def f(a):
...     return a[:, None] * np.ones((1, 5))
>>> z = blockwise(f, 'az', a, 'a', new_axes={'z': 5}, dtype=a.dtype)

New dimensions can also be multi-chunk by specifying a tuple of chunk sizes. This has limited utility as is (because the chunks are all the same), but the resulting graph can be modified to achieve more useful results (see da.map_blocks).

>>> z = blockwise(f, 'az', a, 'a', new_axes={'z': (5, 5)}, dtype=x.dtype)
>>> z.chunks
((1, 1, 1), (5, 5))

If the applied function changes the size of each chunk you can specify this with a adjust_chunks={...} dictionary holding a function for each index that modifies the dimension size in that index.

>>> def double(x):
...     return np.concatenate([x, x])
>>> y = blockwise(double, 'ij', x, 'ij',
...               adjust_chunks={'i': lambda n: 2 * n}, dtype=x.dtype)
>>> y.chunks
((2, 2), (2,))

Include literals by indexing with None

>>> z = blockwise(operator.add, 'ij', x, 'ij', 1234, None, dtype=x.dtype)
>>> z.compute()
array([[1235, 1236],
       [1237, 1238]])