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User interfaces for computational science: a domain specific language for OOMMF embedded in Python

User interfaces for computational science: a domain specific language for OOMMF embedded in Python
User interfaces for computational science: a domain specific language for OOMMF embedded in Python
Computer simulations are used widely across the engineering and science disciplines, including in the research and development of magnetic devices using computational micromagnetics. In this work, we identify and review different approaches to configuring simulation runs: (i) the re-compilation of source code, (ii) the use of configuration files, (iii) the graphical user interface, and (iv) embedding the simulation specification in an existing programming language to express the computational problem. We identify the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and discuss their implications on effectiveness and reproducibility of computational studies and results. Following on from this, we design and describe a domain specific language for micromagnetics that is embedded in the Python language, and allows users to define the micromagnetic simulations they want to carry out in a flexible way. We have implemented this micromagnetic simulation description language together with a computational backend that executes the simulation task using the Object Oriented MicroMagnetic Framework (OOMMF). We illustrate the use of this Python interface for OOMMF by solving the micromagnetic standard problem 4. All the code is publicly available and is open source.
2158-3226
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Beg, Marijan
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Pepper, Ryan
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Fangohr, Hans
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Beg, Marijan
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Pepper, Ryan
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Fangohr, Hans
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Beg, Marijan, Pepper, Ryan and Fangohr, Hans (2017) User interfaces for computational science: a domain specific language for OOMMF embedded in Python. AIP Advances, 7 (5), 1-7, [056025]. (doi:10.1063/1.4977225).

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Computer simulations are used widely across the engineering and science disciplines, including in the research and development of magnetic devices using computational micromagnetics. In this work, we identify and review different approaches to configuring simulation runs: (i) the re-compilation of source code, (ii) the use of configuration files, (iii) the graphical user interface, and (iv) embedding the simulation specification in an existing programming language to express the computational problem. We identify the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and discuss their implications on effectiveness and reproducibility of computational studies and results. Following on from this, we design and describe a domain specific language for micromagnetics that is embedded in the Python language, and allows users to define the micromagnetic simulations they want to carry out in a flexible way. We have implemented this micromagnetic simulation description language together with a computational backend that executes the simulation task using the Object Oriented MicroMagnetic Framework (OOMMF). We illustrate the use of this Python interface for OOMMF by solving the micromagnetic standard problem 4. All the code is publicly available and is open source.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 November 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 22 February 2017
Published date: February 2017
Organisations: Computational Engineering & Design Group

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Local EPrints ID: 403115
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/403115
ISSN: 2158-3226
PURE UUID: b47199d2-a106-4825-a05c-01f4830d6fe3
ORCID for Hans Fangohr: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5494-7193

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Date deposited: 24 Nov 2016 11:41
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 06:32

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