University of Heidelberg

Software - ACRONYM

Another Code for pushing Relativistic Objects, Now with Yee lattice and Macro particles

ACRONYM is an explicit, highly-flexible particle-in-cell code for simulations of 1d, 2d, or 3d spatial domains with a number of charged particle species. Particle motion is relativistically correct and computed using the Boris push. Temporal evolution of the fields can be computed for electrostatic or electromagnetic plasma models using a number of different field solvers. Interpolation between field- and particle-quantities can be done through a choice of plugable shape functions. The code is MPI-parallelized and can run on machines from Raspberry Pis to supercomputers in the TOP500 list. For more details see the features page.

The code has been used in a number of projects to simulate different plasma processes, including reconnection, collisionless shocks and plasma emission. A number of peer-reviewed scientific papers has resulted from this research activity.

The code is not open sourced nor freely available, but we are open to new scientific collaborators that want to work with us. If we can find a suitable topic for collaboration you will be given access to the code under the following constraints that we believe represent good scientific practice:

  1. All current collaborators working with and on ACRONYM have to accept you as a new contributor.
  2. The ACRONYM code remains confidential and you cannot redistribute the code to others.
  3. When you use results that have been obtained with the ACRONYM code, you have to state this use of the code in the acknowledgment section.
  4. You will receive updates to ACRONYM, but in return you have to share improvements that you implement in ACRONYM with the existing collaborators.
  5. Once you have contributed any significant features to ACRONYM you will get a say in the decision to accept new members.

If you want to propose a collaboration or want to get in touch with us for other reasons you can reach us at:

A more in-depth description and a list of papers can be found on the collaboration homepage

Responsible: Felix Spanier, last modification Oct/12/2020 14:23 CEST
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