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we are trying to sign up under the PSF umbrella for this year's Google Summer of Code because of an e-mail from Ankit Mahato, who expressed interest to help developing SfePy as his GSoC project this summer.
So let us discuss possible project ideas here. I will post results of the discussion to .
Ankit's ideas are (my summary):
# 1 parallelization - cluster support using mpi4py
# 2 pre- and post-processing GUI frontend
# 3 incorporating phase changing materials (his research area)
Ankit, could you post full text your ideas into this thread? The pdf you sent me does not allow selecting text.
For me, #1 is something that I was planning to do "soon" anyway as I am going to need it for my research work - a help would come really handy, but we will have to think carefully about the implementation. I think I prefer having a parallel layer above the current serial FEM, so that the current code can stay as it is, unaware that it runs in parallel. I am not sure yet how difficult it is going to be, but it won't be trivial.
# 2 would be nice, but IMHO it is not so important as having a solid and
reasonably fast FEM core.
# 3 would IMHO be the most useful for Ankit, and a nice addition to modelling
capabilities of SfePy.
Other possible topics can be found in our issues list ("enhancement" label).
IMHO it would be good to prospective student(s) to try tackling some of the issues listed below to get acquainted with SfePy code before the GSoC starts:
# 196 Document properly term evaluation modes and postprocessing/probing.
# 195 describe how to add Neumann BC in a diffusion example and tutorial
(tutorial part done by Alec)
# 167 improve gallery page
# 164 Python 3 compatibility
# 154 automatic testing of terms
# 140 test schroedinger.py
# 133 Provide examples for SfePy Terms
Implementing the other enhancements would be, of course, also very useful, but those IMHO too difficult for someone trying to learn the code. They are certainly quite difficult for me, as they are not done yet =:) (shell elements!)