A new free and open source tool for space plasma modeling.

Monday, 15 December 2014
Ilja J Honkonen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
I will present a new distributed memory parallel, free and open source computational model for studying space plasma. The model is written in C++ with emphasis on good software development practices and code readability without sacrificing serial or parallel performance. As such the model could be especially useful for education, for learning both (magneto)hydrodynamics (MHD) and computational model development. By using latest features of the C++ standard (2011) it has been possible to develop a very modular program which improves not only the readability of code but also the testability of the model and decreases the effort required to make changes to various parts of the program. Major parts of the model, functionality not directly related to (M)HD, have been outsourced to other freely available libraries which has reduced the development time of the model significantly. I will present an overview of the code architecture as well as details of different parts of the model and will show examples of using the model including preparing input files and plotting results. A multitude of 1-, 2- and 3-dimensional test cases are included in the software distribution and the results of, for example, Kelvin–Helmholtz, bow shock, blast wave and reconnection tests, will be presented.