Flux is a command-line tool that uses a Monte Carlo algorithm to converge towards a target image using a random sequence of nearest neighbor pixel swaps. Images produced by flux resemble iron filings manipulated by a magnetic field.
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FLUX(1)			    General Commands Manual		       FLUX(1)



NAME
       flux - converge towards a target image using a Monte Carlo algorithm.

SYNOPSIS
       flux [IMAGE]
       flux [IMAGE] [options]

DESCRIPTION
       Flux  is	 a command-line tool that uses a Monte Carlo (MC) algorithm to
       converge towards a target image using  a	 random	 sequence  of  nearest
       neighbor	 pixel	swaps.	 Images produced by flux resemble iron filings
       manipulated by a magnetic field.

       Flux works by repeatedly attempting to swap the RGBA (red, green, blue,
       alpha)  values  of two adjacent pixels. The algorithm computes the dif‐
       ference in the magnitude of the two RGBA pixel vectors compared to  the
       same  vector  in	 the  target image before and after the trial move and
       accepts the move according to a Boltzmann factor. The system is coupled
       to  a  thermal bath which allows the user to control the probability of
       accepting moves that take the image away from the target, thus allowing
       the rate of convergence to be tuned.

       Flux avoids unneccessary dependency on zlib and libpng by using LodePNG
       to decode and encode PNG images.	 MersenneTwister is  used  to  provide
       high quality and efficient random numbers.

       Flux  must  be passed at least one command-line argument, the path of a
       PNG image.  Flux creates an initial canvas by randomizing the pixels of
       the  target  image.  As	the  algorithm	progresses  flux will output a
       sequence of images showing the evolution of the the canvas.   In	 addi‐
       tion,  the  current  acceptance	rate is printed to stdout allowing the
       user to monitor the rate of convergence.

       Flux is trivially parellelizable, MPI  support  will  follow  (allowing
       efficient processing of very large images).

OPTIONS
       flux  supports the following short- and long-form command-line options.
       Invoking flux with no options will print a help message.

       -h, --help
	      Print the help message.

       -i INT, --iterations INT
	      Where INT is an integer specifying  the  number  of  iterations.
	      Iterations  are  measured	 in units of Monte Carlo sweeps, where
	      one sweep equals, on average, one trial  move  per  pixel,  i.e.
	      there are width x height iterations per sweep.

       -f INT, --frames INT
	      Where  INT  is  an integer specifying the number of frames to be
	      saved.

       -t DOUBLE, --temperature DOUBLE
	      Specify the temperature of the thermal bath. A  higher  tempera‐
	      ture  will mean that more trial moves are accepted. At zero tem‐
	      perature, only moves that take the canvas closer to  the	target
	      will be accepted (comparable to a hill climbing algorithm). Tem‐
	      perature adds noise to the system and can be used	 to  tune  the
	      rate of convergence as well as the style of image produced.

       -l, --log
	      Use logarithmic spacing for sampling points. This is useful when
	      convergence is very slow.

       -r, --reverse
	      Run flux in reverse mode. Start from the target image and evolve
	      to a disorded state.

       -d DIRECTORY, --directory DIRECTORY
	      Specify  a  directory for the output files.  DIRECTORY should be
	      in the working directory and  will  be  created  if  it  doesn't
	      already exist.

       -m, --monitor
	      Turn on acceptance monitoring. If set, flux will monitor statis‐
	      tics for the acceptance rate and write data to log.txt

DEFAULTS
       sweeps 10000

       frames 1000

       temperature 0.1

       logarithmic off

       reverse off

       monitor off

SEE ALSO
       rectify(1)

CREDITS
       LodePNG, http://lodev.org/lodepng.

       MersenneTwister, www.math.sci.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/~m-mat/MT/emt.html.

BUGS
       Email bugs, comments, and artwork to lester.hedges+flux@gmail.com.



Lester Hedges			  2013/01/22			       FLUX(1)