an adaptive mesh, astrophysical radiation hydrodynamics simulation code
Castro is an adaptive-mesh compressible radiation hydrodynamics
code for astrophysical flows.
Castro supports a general equation of
state, full Poisson gravity, and reactive flows, and is parallelized
with MPI + OpenMP.
More information on Castro can be found here:
You can download Castro and all the necessary dependencies (AMReX and the Microphysics repo) using the script:
Running this will clone the repositories and create a file
castro_exports.sh which you can source or copy to your
to define the necessary environment variables.
The User's Guide in
make to build from
LaTeX source) will guide you through running your first problem.
A PDF of the User's Guide can be found at
A doxygen-generated call graph for
Castro is available here:
Development generally follows the following ideas:
New features are committed to the
Nightly regression testing is used to ensure that no answers change (or if they do, that the changes were expected).
If a change is critical, we can cherry-pick the commit from
Contributions are welcomed from anyone. Any contributions that have the potential to change answers should be done via pull requests. A pull request should be generated from your fork of Castro and target the
developmentbranch. (If you mistakenly target
master, we can change it for you.)
Please add a line to
CHANGESsummarizing your change if it is a bug fix or new feature. Reference the PR or issue as appropriate. Additionally, if your change fixes a bug (or if you find a bug but do not fix it), and there is no current issue describing the bug, please file a separate issue describing the bug, regardless of how significant the bug is. If possible, in both the
CHANGESfile and the issue, please cite the pull request numbers or git commit hashes where the problem was introduced and fixed, respectively.
If there are a number of small commits making up the PR, we may wish to squash commits upon merge to have a clean history. Please ensure that your PR title and first post are descriptive, since these will be used for a squashed commit message.
On the first workday of each month, we perform a merge of
master, in coordination with
Microphysics. For this merge to take place, we need to be passing the regression tests.
To accommodate this need, we close the merge window into
developmenta few days before the merge day. While the merge window is closed, only bug fixes should be pushed into
development. Once the merge from
masteris done, the merge window reopens.
People who make a number of substantive contributions will be named "core developers" of Castro. The criteria for becoming a core developer are flexible, but generally involve one of the following:
10 non-merge commits to
Castro/Docs/or one of the problems that is not your own science problem or
addition of a new algorithm / module or
substantial input into the code design process or testing
Core developers will be recognized in the following ways:
invited to the group's slack team
listed in the User's Guide and website as a core developer
invited to co-author general code papers / proceedings describing Castro, its performance, etc. (Note: science papers will always be left to the science leads to determine authorship).
If a core developer is inactive for 3 years, we may reassess their status as a core developer.
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