## CartGrid3D

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Abstract

CartGrid3D allows you to set up coordinates on a 3D Cartesian grid in a flexible manner. You can choose different grid domains (eg octant) to allow you to exploit any symmetry in your problem. CartGrid3Dalso provides routines for registering symmetries of grid functions and applying symmetry conditions across the coordinate axes.

### 1 Specifying the Grid Symmetry

CartGrid3D allows you to specify the grid symmetry (or lack thereof) with the grid::domain parameter:

grid::domain = "full"

There are no symmetries.
grid::domain = "bitant"

The grid includes only the $z\ge 0$ half-space (plus symmetry zones); there is a reflection symmetry across the $z=0$ plane.

The grid includes only the $\left\{x\ge 0,y\ge 0\right\}$ quadrant (plus symmetry zones); there is a reflection symmetry across both the $x=0$ plane and the $y=0$ plane.
grid::domain = "octant"

The grid includes only the $\left\{x\ge 0,y\ge 0,z\ge 0\right\}$ octant (plus symmetry zones); there is a reflection symmetry across each of the $x=0$ plane, the $y=0$ plane, and the $z=0$ plane.

Note that the implementation of symmetries in CartGrid3D is deprecated, and the SymBase infrastructure should be used instead. The above symmetries can be implemented using SymBase and the ReflectionSymmetry thorn. Additionally, there are rotational symmetries provided by the RotatingSymmetry180 and RotatingSymmetry90 thorns.

In each case except grid::domain = "full", symmetry zones are introduced just on the “other side” of each symmetry grid boundary. Each symmetry zone has a width (perpendicular to the boundary) of driver::ghost_size extra grid points. For centered 2nd order finite differencing, a width of driver::ghost_size = 1 should be sufficient, but for (centered) 4th order finite differencing, or for upwinded 2nd order, a width of driver::ghost_size = 2 is needed. Making driver::ghost_size too large is fairly harmless (it just slightly reduces performance), but making it too small will almost certainly result in horribly wrong finite differencing near the symmetry boundaries, and may also result in core dumps from out-of-range array accessing.

Note that the symmetry zones must be explicitly included in driver::global_nx, driver::global_ny, and driver::global_nz, but should not be included in any of the grid::type = "byrange" parameters grid::xmin, grid::xmax, grid::ymin, grid::ymax, grid::zmin, grid::zmax, grid::xyzmin, and/or grid::xyzmax described in the next section.

Note also that driver::global_nx, driver::global_ny, and driver::global_nz do not include any ghost zones introduced for multiprocessor synchronization. (For more information on ghost zones, see the section “Ghost Size” in the “Cactus Variables” chapter of the Cactus Users’ Guide.)

### 2 Specifying the Grid Size, Range, and Spacing

CartGrid3D provides several different methods for setting up the integer grid size (eg 128), floating-point grid spacing (eg 0.1), and floating-point grid range (eg 12.8).1 You specify which method to use, with the grid::type parameter:

grid::type = "byrange"

You specify the $x$, $y$, and $z$ grid ranges, either with separate grid::xmin, grid::xmax, grid::ymin, grid::ymax, grid::zmin, and grid::zmax parameters, or with the grid::xyzmin and grid::xyzmax parameters. The grid spacings are then determined automagically from this information and the driver::global_nx, driver::global_ny, and driver::global_nz grid-size parameters. You should also choose the grid::domain parameter consistent with all these other parameters. (It’s not clear whether or not the code ever explicitly checks this.)
grid::type = "box"

This is a special case of grid::type = "byrange" with the grid ranges hard-wired to grid::xyzmin = -0.5 and grid::xyzmax = +0.5.
grid::type = "byspacing"

You specify the $x$, $y$, and $z$ grid spacings, either with separate grid::dx, grid::dy, and grid::dz parameters, or with the grid::dxyz parameter. You also specify the grid symmetry with the grid::domain parameter. The $x$, $y$, and $z$ grid ranges are then determined automagically from this information and the driver::global_nx, driver::global_ny, and driver::global_nz grid-size parameters: Each coordinate’s range is chosen to be either symmetric about zero, or to extend from 0 up to a maximum value.

There are also a number of optional parameters which can be used to specify whether or not it’s ok to have a grid point with an $x$, $y$, and/or $z$ coordinate exactly equal to 0:

grid::no_originx, grid::no_originy, grid::no_originz, grid::no_origin

These parameters are all deprecated — don’t use them!
grid::avoid_originx

This is a Boolean parameter; if set to true (grid::avoid_originx = "true" or grid::avoid_originx = "yes" or grid::avoid_originx = 1) then the grid will be “half-centered” across $x=0$, ie there will be grid points at …, $x=-\frac{3}{2}\Delta x$, $x=-\frac{1}{2}\Delta x$, $x=+\frac{1}{2}\Delta x$, $x=+\frac{3}{2}\Delta x$, …, but not at $x=0$.
grid::avoid_originy

Same thing for $y$.
grid::avoid_originz

Same thing for $z$.
grid::avoid_origin

Same thing for all 3 axes $x$ and $y$ and $z$, ie no grid point will have $x=0$ or $y=0$ or $z=0$.

### 3 An Example

Here is an example of setting up a grid using the PUGH unigrid driver. The relevant parts of the parameter file are as follows:

# PUGH
driver::ghost_size = 2
driver::global_nx = 61
driver::global_ny = 61
driver::global_nz = 33

# CartGrid3D
grid::avoid_origin = "no"
grid::domain = "bitant"
grid::type = "byrange"
grid::xmin = -3.0
grid::xmax = +3.0
grid::ymin = -3.0
grid::ymax = +3.0
grid::zmin =  0.0
grid::zmax = +3.0

The resulting Cactus output (describing the grid) is as follows:

INFO (CartGrid3D): Grid Spacings:
INFO (CartGrid3D):  dx=>1.0000000e-01  dy=>1.0000000e-01  dz=>1.0000000e-01
INFO (CartGrid3D): Computational Coordinates:
INFO (CartGrid3D):  x=>[-3.000, 3.000]  y=>[-3.000, 3.000]  z=>[-0.200, 3.000]
INFO (CartGrid3D): Indices of Physical Coordinates:
INFO (CartGrid3D):  x=>[0,60]  y=>[0,60]  z=>[2,32]
INFO (PUGH): Single processor evolution
INFO (PUGH): 3-dimensional grid functions
INFO (PUGH):   Size: 61 61 33

Since there’s no symmetry in the $x$ and $y$ directions, the grid is set up just as specified, with floating-point coordinates running from $-3.0$ to $3.0$ inclusive, and 61 grid points with integer grid indices $\left[0,60\right]$ (C) or $\left[1,61\right]$ (Fortran).

However, in the $z$ direction there’s a reflection symmetry across the $z=0$ plane, so the specified range of the grid, $z\in \left[0.0,3.0\right]$, is automagically widened to include the symmetry zone of driver::ghost_size = 2 grid points. The grid thus actually includes the range of floating-point coordinates $z\in \left[-0.2,3.0\right]$. The original specification of 33 grid points is left alone, however, so the grid points have integer array indices $\left[0,32\right]$ (C) or $\left[1,33\right]$ (Fortran). The “physical” (ie non-symmetry-zone) part of the grid is precisely the originally-specified range, $z\in \left[0.0,3.0\right]$, and has the integer array indices $\left[2,32\right]$ (C) or $\left[3,33\right]$ (Fortran).

### 4 Coordinates

CartGrid3D defines (registers) four coordinate systems: cart3d, cart2d, cart1d, and spher3d.

The Cartesian coordinates supplied by this thorn are grid functions with the standard names x, y, and z. To use these coordinates you need to inherit from grid, ie you need to have an

inherits: grid

line in your interface.ccl file. In addition a grid function r is provided, containing the radial coordinate from the origin where

$r=\sqrt{{x}^{2}+{y}^{2}+{z}^{2}}$

CartGrid3D registers the lower and upper range of each coordinate with the flesh.

### 5 Symmetries for Grid Functions

If your problem and initial data allow it, CartGrid3D allows you to enforce even or odd parity for any grid function at (across) each coordinate axis. For a function $\varphi \left(x,y,z\right)$, even parity symmetry on the $x$-axis means

$\varphi \left(-x,y,z\right)=\varphi \left(x,y,z\right)$

while odd parity symmetry means

$\varphi \left(-x,y,z\right)=-\varphi \left(x,y,z\right)$

Note that the symmetries will only be enforced if a symmetry domain is chosen (that is, if grid::domain is set to something other than grid::domain = "full".

#### 5.1 Registering Symmetry Behaviour

Each grid function can register how it behaves under a coordinate change using function calls in CartGrid3D. These symmetry properties can then be used by other thorns, for example CactusBase/Boundary uses them to enforce symmetry boundary conditions across coordinate axes. Symmetries should obviously be registered before they are used, but since they can be different for different grids, they must be registered after the CCTK_STARTUP timebin. The usual place to register symmetries is in the CCTK_BASEGRID timebin.

For example, to register the symmetries of the xy component of the metric tensor from C, you first need to get access to the include file by putting the line

uses include: Symmetry.h

in your interface.ccl file. Then in your thorn you can write (C)

#include "Symmetry.h"
static int one=1;
int sym[3];
sym[0] = -one;
sym[1] = -one;
sym[2] =  one;

#### 5.2 Calling Symmetry Boundary Conditions

CartGrid3D provides the following two routines to apply symmetry boundary conditions to a variable group:

CartSymGI(cGH *GH, int *gi)
CartSymGN(cGH *GH, const char *gn)

and for a specific variable it provides:

CartSymVI(cGH *GH, int *vi)
CartSymVN(cGH *GH, const char *gn)

A group or variable can be specified by its index value or name (use the ’I’ or ’N’ version respectively). The Fortran versions of these functions take an additional first argument, which is an integer which will hold the return value.

### 6 Parameters

 avoid_origin Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: Don’t place grid points on the coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 avoid_originx Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: Don’t place grid points on the x-coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 avoid_originy Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: Don’t place grid points on the y-coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 avoid_originz Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: Don’t place grid points on the z-coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 no_origin Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: DEPRECATED: Don’t place grid points on the coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 no_originx Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: DEPRECATED: Don’t place grid points on the x-coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 no_originy Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: DEPRECATED: Don’t place grid points on the y-coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 no_originz Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: DEPRECATED: Don’t place grid points on the z-coordinate origin/axes Range Default: yes :

 register_default_coordinate_systems Scope: private BOOLEAN Description: register cartnd as the default coordinate systems Default: yes

 set_coordinate_ranges_on Scope: private KEYWORD Description: On which grids to set the coordinate ranges Range Default: all grids all grids set ranges in local mode, on the coarsest level all maps set ranges in singlemap mode, on the coarsest level first level set ranges in level mode, on the first level

 bitant_plane Scope: restricted KEYWORD Description: Plane defining bitant domain Range Default: xy xy xy-plane xz xz-plane yz yz-plane

 domain Scope: restricted KEYWORD Description: Domain type Range Default: full octant Use an octant about the origin quadrant Use a quadrant in x-y plane see [1] below Use a quadrant with rotation symmetry about an axis bitant Use a bitant about the x-y plane bitant_rotate Use a bitant with rotation symmetry about an axis full Use the full domain

[1]

 dx Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coarse grid spacing in x-direction Range Default: 0.3 0:* Positive

 dxyz Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coarse grid spacing in x,y,z-directions Range Default: 0.0 0:* Positive

 dy Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coarse grid spacing in y-direction Range Default: 0.3 0:* Positive

 dz Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coarse grid spacing in z-direction Range Default: 0.3 0:* Positive

 quadrant_direction Scope: restricted KEYWORD Description: Direction defining quadrant domain Range Default: z x x-direction y y-direction z z-direction

 rotation_axis Scope: restricted KEYWORD Description: Axis about which the rotation symmetry is to be applied Range Default: z x x-axis y y-axis z z-axis

 symmetry_xmax Scope: restricted BOOLEAN Description: Symmetry boundary condition on upper x boundary Range Default: no : Logical

 symmetry_xmin Scope: restricted BOOLEAN Description: Symmetry boundary condition on lower x boundary Range Default: no : Logical

 symmetry_ymax Scope: restricted BOOLEAN Description: Symmetry boundary condition on upper y boundary Range Default: no : Logical

 symmetry_ymin Scope: restricted BOOLEAN Description: Symmetry boundary condition on lower y boundary Range Default: no : Logical

 symmetry_zmax Scope: restricted BOOLEAN Description: Symmetry boundary condition on upper z boundary Range Default: no : Logical

 symmetry_zmin Scope: restricted BOOLEAN Description: Symmetry boundary condition on lower z boundary Range Default: no : Logical

 type Scope: restricted KEYWORD Description: Grid type Range Default: box box Box grid from -0.5 to 0.5 byrange Specify min and max values byspacing Specify grid spacings coordbase Get specification from CoordBase multipatch Get specification from MultiPatch

 xmax Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate maximum in x-direction Range Default: 1.0 : Anything

 xmin Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate minimum in x-direction Range Default: -1.0 : Anything

 xyzmax Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate maximum in xyz-directions Range Default: -424242 : Anything

 xyzmin Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate minimum in x,y,z-directions Range Default: -424242 : Anything

 ymax Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate maximum in y-direction Range Default: 1.0 : Anything

 ymin Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate minimum in y-direction Range Default: -1.0 : Anything

 zmax Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate maximum in z-direction Range Default: 1.0 : Anything

 zmin Scope: restricted REAL Description: Coordinate minimum in z-direction Range Default: -1.0 : Anything

 periodic Scope: shared from DRIVER BOOLEAN

 periodic_x Scope: shared from DRIVER BOOLEAN

 periodic_y Scope: shared from DRIVER BOOLEAN

 periodic_z Scope: shared from DRIVER BOOLEAN

### 7 Interfaces

Implements:

grid

Inherits:

coordbase

#### Grid Variables

##### 7.0.1 PUBLIC GROUPS
 Group Names Variable Names Details gridspacings compact 0 coarse_dx description 3D Cartesian grid spacings coarse_dy dimensions 0 coarse_dz distribution CONSTANT group type SCALAR tags Checkpoint=”no” timelevels 1 variable type REAL coordinates compact 0 x description 3D Cartesian grid coordinates y dimensions 3 z distribution DEFAULT r group type GF tags Prolongation=”None” Checkpoint=”no” timelevels 1 variable type REAL

Symmetry.h

CoordBase.h

### 8 Schedule

This section lists all the variables which are assigned storage by thorn CactusBase/CartGrid3D. Storage can either last for the duration of the run (Always means that if this thorn is activated storage will be assigned, Conditional means that if this thorn is activated storage will be assigned for the duration of the run if some condition is met), or can be turned on for the duration of a schedule function.

#### Storage

 Always: coordinates gridspacings

#### Scheduled Functions

CCTK_STARTUP

symmetrystartup

register gh extension for gridsymmetry

 Language: c Type: function

CCTK_WRAGH

registercartgrid3dcoords

register coordinates for the cartesian grid

 Language: c Options: meta Type: function

BoundaryConditions

cartgrid3d_applybc

apply symmetry boundary conditions

 Language: c Type: function

SymmetryRegister

cartgrid3d_registersymmetryboundaries

register symmetry boundaries

 Language: c Options: meta Type: function

CCTK_PARAMCHECK

paramcheck_cartgrid3d

check coordinates for cartgrid3d

 Language: c Type: function

CCTK_BASEGRID (conditional)

cartgrid3d_setranges

set up ranges for spatial 3d cartesian coordinates (on all grids)

 Before: spatialcoordinates Language: c Type: function Writes: grid::gridspacings(everywhere)

CCTK_BASEGRID (conditional)

cartgrid3d_setranges

set up ranges for spatial 3d cartesian coordinates (on all maps)

 Before: spatialcoordinates Language: c Options: singlemap Type: function Writes: grid::gridspacings(everywhere)

CCTK_BASEGRID (conditional)

cartgrid3d_setranges

set up ranges for spatial 3d cartesian coordinates (on first level)

 Before: spatialcoordinates Language: c Options: level Reads: grid::gridspacings(everywhere) Type: function

CCTK_BASEGRID

cartgrid3d_setcoordinates

set up spatial 3d cartesian coordinates on the gh

 Language: c Type: function Writes: grid::coordinates(everywhere)

CCTK_POSTREGRIDINITIAL

cartgrid3d_setcoordinates

set coordinates after regridding

 Language: c Type: function Writes: grid::coordinates(everywhere)

CCTK_POSTREGRID

cartgrid3d_setcoordinates

set coordinates after regridding

 Language: c Type: function Writes: grid::coordinates(everywhere)

#### Aliased Functions

 Alias Name: Function Name: CartGrid3D_SetCoordinates SpatialCoordinates CartGrid3D_SetRanges SpatialSpacings