S. Portegies Zwart
B. Ó Nualláin
J. van Bever
- A multiphysics and multiscale software environment for modeling astrophysical systems
- Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
Informatics Institute (IVI)
We present MUSE, a software framework for tying together existing computational tools for different astrophysical domains into a single multiphysics, multiscale workload. MUSE facilitates the coupling of existing codes written in different languages by providing inter-language tools and by specifying an interface between each module and the framework that represents a balance between generality and computational efficiency. This approach allows scientists to use combinations of codes to solve highly-coupled problems without the need to write new codes for other domains or significantly alter their existing codes. MUSE currently incorporates the domains of stellar dynamics, stellar evolution and stellar hydrodynamics for a generalized stellar systems workload. MUSE has now reached a "Noah’s Ark" milestone, with two available numerical solvers for each domain. MUSE can treat small stellar associations, galaxies and everything in between, including planetary systems, dense stellar clusters and galactic nuclei. Here we demonstrate an examples calculated with MUSE: the merger of two galaxies. In addition we demonstrate the working of MUSE on a distributed computer. The current MUSE code base is publicly available as open source at http://muse.li.
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- Proceedings title: Computational Science - ICCS 2008: 8th International Conference, Kraków, Poland, June 23-25, 2008: proceedings.
- Part II
Place of publication: Berlin
Editors: M. Bubak, G.D. van Albada, J. Dongarra, P.M.A. Sloot