16th Pencil Code User Meeting 2020

May 22, 2020, from Simon Candelaresi

The Pencil Code User Meeting is an annual meeting dedicated to the Pencil Code. The purpose of the meeting is to bring regular users and core developers together to discuss scientific and technical progress since the last meeting, to instigate collaborative projects and to allow new users to learn more about the code and to interact with other users and developers. The Pencil Code Meeting 2020 will be held in virtually using Zoom.

The Pencil Code is a multipurpose code for massively parallel computing. It includes optionally hydrodynamics, magnetic fields, radiation, ionization, multi-species dust dynamics with coagulation, self-gravity and particles. It is developed and maintained under Git version control by around 78 people with check-in permission. Until now more than 30,000 updates and commits have been made by the developers. With more than 527 papers referring to the Pencil Code it has been very successful. The code is tested nightly on several platforms and provides an excellent pedagogical tool for professional scientists as well as students to implement new code within an organized framework.

Here are some example topics that the meeting aims at covering:
– Recent science results obtained with the Pencil Code
– Physics recently added to the code, such as particle collisions
– Recently added visualization techniques, such as on-the-fly 3D rendering and spherical slices
– Technical issues
– Post processing routines
– Particles in turbulence and convection
– Future improvements to the code