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For a little about what I know, I know python extensively. I use it almost everyday for data analysis in my research and I can create programs that coincide with numerical computations. But that is just about it.

I have some knowledge on how C++ works, but not concretely (ie parallel programming??). Python can be simple in the case of just downloading and importing packages like numpy, scipy, or astropy to do data analysis, but for C++, i have no idea where to start on this (my apologies for reiterating this). In particular, I'm interested in devising N-body simulations and everything implemented with it (numerical solving and visualization). I have Hockney's "Computational Simulations using Particles" that goes over the theory, but all I have left is to just apply it.

How should I go about achieving my goals? What should I look into? What should I download.