Source code of DROPS
The code is still under development. The releases below are published under the terms of the LGPL .
If you want to work with DROPS please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
DocumentationA user's manual can be found in the DROPS publication list. It explains the main mathematical concepts and numerical methods as well as software-related concepts. The last chapters contain some examples how to run numerical simulations with DROPS, which are rather outdated but still may be helpful for the user. An HTML documentation of the source code can be generated by typing
make docin the drops top-level directory, requiring the "doxygen" tool.
netgen at sourceforge ) can be used. Simple geometries, such as bricks and L-shaped domains, can be generated without the use of this tool.
PrerequisitesYou will need
- a C++11 compiler (e.g., gcc-5.2)
- the Boost library, preferably version
1.58. From version 1.59 on, using C++-style comments in JSON files (which we use
as parameter files) is not possible anymore. You can strip comments from JSON
files by using
g++ -E -x c++ myparam.json > myparam-stripped.jsonand removing the first lines starting with #.
Generating MakefilesCMake is used to generate the build system based on Makefiles. First, generate a build directory. Within this build directory, call
cmake /path/to/drops/src. For example, the build directory could be a folder bin inside the drops folder:
mkdir bin cd bin cmake ../srcThis will populate a directory structure inside bin with associated Makefiles. These can be used to compile the different executables.
MPI versionTo build the MPI version of DROPS (to be used on a parallel computer), the graph partitioner library ParMETIS is used. Download ParMETIS 4.0.2 and install it on your machine. After that, modify the path to ParMETIS and METIS (which is part of ParMETIS) in the CMakeSettings.txt in the src directory. Of course, an MPI library is needed, which is often chosen by using a corresponding module load command. The MPI library will then be automatically selected by CMake in the following. As DROPS is able to use OpenMP within a parallel node (i.e., hybrid parallelization), a thread-safe MPI library is the best choice. As next step, you have to add the option -DMPI=1 to the cmake command like this:
mkdir bin-par cd bin-par cmake -DMPI=1 ../src
Compiling ExecutablesInside the build directory, go to the executable's directory and use make to build the executable. E.g., to compile twophasedrops:
cd levelset make twophasedropsCalling make all in the build directory will build all DROPS executables.
Running ExecutableUsually, you have to provide a parameter file in JSON format as a command line option when calling the executable. Some example parameter files can be found in the directory param (on the same level as src) and has the same structure as the src directory. If the code for some executable xyz is located in src/abc, then the corresponding parameter files are stored in param/abc/xyz/. For example, if the executable twophasedrops resides in the directory drops/bin/levelset, from within that directory call
mkdir vtk # for VTK output ./twophasedrops ../../param/levelset/twophasedrops/risingbutanoldroplet.json
Sven Gross ✉, last update: July 26th, 2019