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SAPPHiRE — A Framework for HiSPARC


SAPPHiRE is a Simulation and Analysis Program Package for HiSPARC Research and Education. It was created in the process of completing the PhD research of David Fokkema. The history of this repository contains the complete simulation, analysis and plot generation code that formed the basis for David's thesis.

This repository is created with a sole purpose in mind: to enable HiSPARC students, teachers and researchers to easily gain access to the data and perform common simulation and analysis tasks. Historically, starting work on the data, or extending an existing analysis code, has involved elaborate installation instructions, heavy customizations to the software, countless hours going over opaque parts of code and a general feeling of anguish and despair. SAPPHiRE's ultimate goal: no more of that.

David has tried very hard to write clean code. However, as is the nature of finishing a PhD, severe time constraints prevented him to actually write well-documented, clean code. He feels, however, that the presently available code is a good start. By releasing it now, it can be used, accessed, and cleaned up.

In fact, it is probably being cleaned up at this very moment!


The complete installation instructions are available in the documentation in the doc/ directory. You can compile them using Sphinx, or you can follow this link:

Quick installation

For the impatient, here are some quick installation instructions. Make sure you have python and pip installed. For the Mac, I recommend to install Homebrew and then brew install python to get the job done. For Windows, install Python(x,y). For Linux, use your favorite package manager.


$ pip install numpy
$ pip install numexpr
$ pip install cython
$ pip install matplotlib

And, finally:

$ pip install

You're done!