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Adaptive Mesh Refinement Resources


This page is a partial list of freely available structured adaptive mesh refinement codes, tools and other resources for using adaptive mesh refinement to solve PDEs.


Freely available general-purpose software for patch-based structured AMR


The codes in the list below were chosen because they meet most of the following criteria. For the most part, these codes


AMRClaw R. J. LeVeque (Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA) and M. Berger (New York University, USA)
AMROC Ralf Deiterding, German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Germany)
Boxlib Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE), Lawrence Berkeley National, Berkeley, CA (USA) Laboratory.
Chombo Applied Numerical Algorithms Group (ANAG), Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (USA)
PARAMESH NASA/Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (USA) (code is no longer supported).
SAMRAI Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (USA).

If you know of a general-purpose AMR package I have left out (especially packages developed outside of the US), please contact me at donna [dot] calhoun [at] gmail [dot] com.


Links to other codes that make use of AMR


The links below are to other codes which also may be of interest to researchers seeking information on structured AMR.

AMR AMR is a package of Fortran routines for the numerical solution of hyperbolic conservation laws in 2 and 3 space dimensions. Developed by Marsha Berger (New York University, USA) (website is likely very out of date).
AGRIF Written in Fortran 90 for the integration of full adaptive mesh refinement features within an existing multidimensional finite difference model written in the Fortran language. Developed by Laurent Debreu and Cyril Mazauric. (INRIA, France) (webpage last updated 2007).
Pluto A modular code for computational astrophysics. Computations may be carried out in either static or adaptive grids, the latter functionality being provided through Chombo (see above). Developed by Andrea Mignone, University of Torino (Italy).
Peano A Framework for PDE Solvers on Spacetree Grids. Technical University of Munich (Germany).
p4est The p4est software library enables the dynamic management of a collection of adaptive octrees, conveniently called a forest of octrees. p4est is designed to work in parallel and scale to hundreds of thousands of processor cores. Developed by C. Burstedde, L. Wilcox and I. Tobin and J. Rudin, University of Texas at Austin (USA) and University of Bonn (Germany).
Enzo Enzo is an adaptive mesh refinement (AMR), grid-based hybrid code (hydro + N-Body) which is designed to do simulations of cosmological structure formation. Enzo 2.0 is the product of developments made at UC San Diego, Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, MSU, CU Boulder, CITA, McMaster, SMU, and UC Berkeley (USA).
Uintah A highly parallel and adaptive mesh multi-physics framework for emerging petascale platforms. Developed at the Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions (CSAFE), SCI Institute, University of Utah (USA).
GeoClaw AMRClaw (see above) for geophysical applications, in particular, tsunami flow. Written by R. J. LeVeque, M. J. Berger, and D. George. Seattle, WA (USA).
Overture Overlapping mapped grids with support for AMR, CASC, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA (USA).
GrACE The Applied Software Systems Laboratory (TASSL), Rutgers Univ. NJ (USA). (This code no longer appears to be available, although the website is still very complete).
Racoon II Tree-based framework for time-dependent mesh-adaptive computations on structured grids, Ruhr Univ. Bochum, (Germany)
Gerris Tree-based flow solver developed University Marie and Pierre Curie, (Paris VI), Paris, France.
RAMSES Tree-based AMR code developed by Romain Teyssier for self gravitating magnetized fluid flow, Computational Astrophysics, Univerisity of Zurich (Switzerland).
NIRVANA A numerical tool for astrophysical gas dynamics, developed by Udo Ziegler (Astrophysics Institute, Postdam, Germany).
A-MAZE AMR code for astrophysics, developed by Rolf Walder and Doris Folini, (ENS, Lyon, France) (webpage last updated 2002).
FLASH AMR code for astrophysical computations, Univ. of Chicago, Chicago IL, (USA).
AstroBEAR An Adaptive Mesh Refinement Code for Astrophysical Calculations, developed by Sorin Mitran, Univ. of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, (USA).
VTF Virtual Test Facility, based on the AMROC code (above). Developed to test fluid-structure interactions, Caltech, Pasadena CA, (USA).

References to structured AMR codes


The links below are to sites that reference AMR codes. It may be necessary to contact the authors of these sites directly to see if the codes referenced are actually available for distribution.

AMR for MHD A parallel AMR code developed by Los Alamos for compressible MHD or HD equations.
GAMER A code which uses GPUs to accelerate a patch-based AMR code designed for astrophysics.
BCM "Building-Cubes Method". A patch-based approach to AMR based on storing non-overlapping fixed sizes patches as the leaves in a quad- or octree. This method has also been developed to work with GPUs.
AMR for Weather and Climate Adaptive-Mesh Refinement (AMR) for Weather and Climate Models. Website maintained by Christiane Jablonowski, University of Michigan (USA).

Tools for AMR


Paraview Paraview is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application developed to analyze extremely large datasets using distributed memory computing resources.
Hypre Hypre is a library for solving large, sparse linear systems of equations on massively parallel computers.
HDF5 Data model, library, and file format for storing and managing hierarchical data
VisIt Interactive parallel visualization and graphical analysis toolkit
PETSc Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation
FISHPACK A collection of fast solvers for second- and fourth-order finite difference approximations to separable elliptic partial differential equations in a variety of forms. In particular, codes can be used with centered or node based Cartesian grids and used as a black-box solvers for block-structued AMR.

Links to AMR Short courses and workshops


For any suggestions, additions, or comments, please contact me at donna [dot] calhoun [at] gmail [dot] com.


Last modified: Fri Jul 18 22:29:25 BST 2014