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Solver Batch Interface: batchsolve

The application batchsolve provides a simple command line interface to the OOMMF micromagnetic solver engine.

The application batchsolve is launched by the command line:

tclsh oommf.tcl batchsolve [standard options] 
   [-end_exit <0|1>] [-end_paused] [-interface <0|1>] \
   [-restart <0|1>] [-start_paused] [file]
-end_exit <0|1>
Whether or not to explicitly call exit at bottom of batchsolve.tcl. This option has no effect when the user directly launches batchSolve from the command line. It is only useful when other programs (like batchSlave) launch batchSolve and would otherwise be stuck waiting for events that might never arrive.
-interface <0|1>
Whether to register with the account service directory application, so that mmLaunch, can provide an interactive interface. Default = 1 (do register), which will automatically start account service directory and host service directory applications as necessary.
Pause solver after loading problem.
Pause solver and enter event loop at bottom of batchsolve.tcl rather than just falling off the end (the effect of which will depend on whether or not Tk is loaded). This option is important if you need to connect an interactive interface to batchSlave to capture its output before it is allowed to terminate.
-restart <0|1>
Determines solver behavior when a new problem is loaded. Default behavior is equivalent to -restart 0, where the problem solving will be started from scratch. With the option -restart 1, the solver will look for basename.log and basename*.omf files to restart a previous run from the last saved state (where basename is the ``Base Output Filename'' specified in the input problem specification). If these files cannot be found, then a warning is issued and the solver falls back to the default behavior. The specified -restart setting holds for all problems fed to the solver, not just the first.
Immediately load and run the specified MIF file.

The input file file should contain a Micromagnetic Input Format (MIF) problem description, such as produced by mmProbEd. The batch solver searches several directories for this file, including the current working directory, the data and scripts subdirectories, and parallel directories relative to the directories app/mmsolve and app/mmpe in the OOMMF distribution. Refer to the search_path variable in batchsolve.tcl for the complete list.

If -interface is set to 1 (enabled), batchsolve registers with the account service directory application, and mmLaunch will be able to provide an interactive interface. Using this interface, batchsolve may be controlled in a manner similar to mmSolve2D. The interface allows you to pause, un-pause, and terminate the current simulation, as well as to attach data display applications to monitor the solver's progress. If more interactive control is needed, mmSolve2D should be used.

If -interface is 0 (disabled), batchsolve does not register, leaving it without an interface, unless it is sourced into another script (e.g., batchslave.tcl) that arranges for an interface on the behalf of batchsolve.

Use the -start_paused switch to monitor the progress of batchsolve from the very start of a simulation. With this switch the solver will be paused immediately after loading the specified MIF file, so you can bring up the interactive interface and connect display applications before the simulation begins. Start the simulation by selecting the Run command from the interactive interface. This option cannot be used if -interface is disabled.

The -end_paused switch insures that the solver does not automatically terminate after completing the specified simulation. This is not generally useful, but may find application when batchsolve is called from inside a Tcl-only wrapper script.

The output may be changed by a Tcl wrapper script, but the default output behavior of batchsolve is to write tabular text data and the magnetization state at the control point for each applied field step. The tabular data are appended to the file basename.odt, where basename is the ``Base Output Filename'' specified in the input MIF file. See the routine GetTextData in batchsolve.tcl for details, but at present the output consists of the solver iteration count, nominal applied field B, reduced average magnetization m, and total energy. This output is in the ODT file format.

The magnetization data are written to a series of OVF (OOMMF Vector Field) files, basename.fieldnnnn.omf, where nnnn starts at 0000 and is incremented at each applied field step. (The ASCII text header inside each file records the nominal applied field at that step.) These files are viewable using mmDisp.

The solver also automatically appends the input problem specification and miscellaneous runtime information to the log file basename.log.

Programmer's interface
In addition to directly launching batchsolve from the command line, batchsolve.tcl may also be sourced into another Tcl script that provides additional control structures. Within the scheduling system of OBS, batchsolve.tcl is sourced into batchslave, which provides additional control structures that support scheduling control by batchmaster. There are several variables and routines inside batchsolve.tcl that may be accessed and redefined from such a wrapper script to provide enhanced functionality.

Global variables

A Tcl handle to a global mms_mif object holding the problem description defined by the input MIF file.
A Tcl handle to the mms_solver object.
Directory search path used by the FindFile proc.
Refer to the source code and sample scripts for details on manipulation of these variables.

Batchsolve procs
The following Tcl procedures are designed for external use and/or redefinition:

Called at the start of each task.
Called at each control point reached in the simulation.
Called at the conclusion of each task.
Searches the directories specified by the global variable search_path for a specified file. The default SolverTaskInit proc uses this routine to locate the requested input MIF file.
The first and third of these accept an arbitrary argument list (args), which is copied over from the args argument to batchsolve.tcl procs BatchTaskRun and BatchTaskLaunch. Typically one copies the default procs (as needed) into a task script, and makes appropriate modifications. You may (re-) define these procs either before or after sourcing batchsolve.tcl.

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OOMMF Documentation Team
January 15, 2004