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- What is the sca-toolsuite?
- Why using the sca-toolsuite?
- Getting it
- Thanks to
- Enclosed files
1 What is the sca-toolsuite?
The name sca-toolsuite stands for sca cellular automata toolsuite. Most of its tools can operate on every cellular automaton (CA) which is
- synchronous or purely asynchronous and
- uses a finite, two-dimensional grid
This toolsuite provides you with a number of tools to
- create, read or write grids
- exporting them to TGA, latex and ODS format
- do math with them like in C++
- do simulations
- do very fast routines, especially for sandpile CA
Most of the tools can be combined using UNIX pipes (see examples in point 5).
2 Why using the sca-toolsuite?
Reasons for using it include the following.
- The sca-toolsuite can simulate CA of many different types with both
high flexibility and high efficiency. One example of flexibility
is the piping mechanism:
sh core/create 20 20 4 | ca/ca 'v+(-4*(v>=4))+(a[-1,0]>=4)+(a[0,-1]>=4)+(a[1,0]>=4)+(a[0,1]>=4)'
- For sandpiles, we provide the (probably) worlds fastest algorithm. Our
computation time was 37 per cent of the fastest algorithm we knew of
before. For details, see
6 Enclosed files.
- A GUI. It works for all CA.
- Bug safety is important: Algorithms are kept simple and are being tested automatically.
- A large documentation: doxygen and --help for all C++ programs.
- Besides cellular automata, there are many more applications of this
- rotor-routing (as described by Priezzhev et al, 1996)
- image manipulation, e.g. with filters
- calculating maths
- running two-dimensional games easily (in progress)
- spreadsheet (future feature)
3 Getting it
There are (at least) two branches of sca-toolsuite: stable and master. If you're a user who needs a stable version, use the stable branch:
git clone -b stable firstname.lastname@example.org:JohannesLorenz/sca-toolsuite.git #ssh git clone -b stable https://github.com/JohannesLorenz/sca-toolsuite.git #https
However, if you're a developer who would like to be up to date and can risk unstable versions, use the master branch:
git clone email@example.com:JohannesLorenz/sca-toolsuite.git
Now, you can proceed with the installation.
4 Thanks to
In alphabetical order, the author thanks:
- All people who give support for bost::spirit .
- Oliver Schneider.
- Philipp Lorenz.
- Sebastian Frehmel, his diploma thesis at .
- Dr Thomas Worsch  @ The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
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Feel free to give feedback. My e-mail address is shown if you execute this in a shell:
printf "\x6a\x6f\x68\x61\x6e\x6e\x65\x73\x40\x6c\x6f\ \x72\x65\x6e\x7a\x2d\x70\x72\x69\x76\x61\x74\x2e\x6e\x65\x74\x0a"
7 Enclosed files
The following files provide more information: