A consulting company called Enthought creates an installer bundle for the three main operating systems – Linux, OS X, and Windows – that contains Python and a large collection of libraries. Originally, it was called the Enthought Python Distribution (EPD), and that is the module name, but recently they have renamed it Canopy.
These installer bundles are available free to use for people at academic institutions for instruction, research, and independent learning; commercial use (developing products or paid services) is not allowed.
Installing additional Python packages is done the same way for EPD/Canopy as for the Python compiled from source.
To use the EPD/Canopy, use
$ module load python-epd
Continuum Analytics is another consulting company, founded by some of the same people who founded Enthought, that provides an installer called Anaconda for multiple operating systems that includes many libraries. We have installed two expanded versions of this package to provide Python 2 and Python 3, both with many extra scientific Python packages beyond the already-large set that are included by default with Anaconda Python.
To use the Anaconda distribution, use either
$ module load python-anaconda3
$ module load python-anaconda2