I'm writing with a quick wrapup of the yt workshop we had at UCSC this
week, sponsored by UC-HiPACC.
All in all, I am extremely pleased with everything that got done.
Over the few days, we had a huge number of improvements all over the
code base, and I was absolutely delighted by the new contributors and
the new improvements. A few highlights:
* SPH frontends (Gabriel Altay and Ben Keller) have been vastly
improved, including ionization fields and a new system for
autodetecting Tipsy frontends (load() now works!) along with
* The GPU volume rendering interface (Alex Bogert, John Holdener and
Nick Smith) has been well-defined, and will be interoperable with the
yt software renderer.
* Halo Finder / Analysis (Hilary Egan, Brian Crosby) has been
streamlined, the mass function code cleaned up, and the FOF+Rockstar
code has been implemented more formally
* The NMSU-ART frontend has been cleaned up, double-checked, and
particle-type-enabled. (Kenza Arraki) Also, new answer tests!
* Software VR has been ripped out and started to be reconstructed
(Sam Skillman) with an eye to clarity and simplicity in the interface.
* Docs and polish (Nathan Goldbaum) have been worked on a
considerable amount -- in fact, the docs now build again for 3.0, and
we're getting awfully close to a full set of them that cover the new
* IRATE halo catalogs can now be loaded in and examined (Miguel
Rocha), thus furthering the ability of yt to read, write, and analyze
halo catalogs as first class datasets.
* A new binding-energy check has been started (Andy Elvin)
* Boxlib 2D polar has been enabled (Elizabeth Lovegrove)
Anyway, it was really fun, productive -- and in many cases,
documented! With the docs now building on a regular basis, we'll
continue to check things in and update the documentation as new
features are added and existing features are polished. Thanks again
to Ji-hoon, Miguel, and Nathan for their organization, and thanks to
Joel Primack, Sue Grasso and all of UC-HiPACC for their support of the
workshop as a whole.