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Re: [SCIRUN-USERS] SCIRun 5 project

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  • From: jess <>
  • To: Kim Peterson <>
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  • Subject: Re: [SCIRUN-USERS] SCIRun 5 project
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:50:09 -0700
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Hi Kim, 

SCIRun models electrostatics and, although it is developed for biomedical questions, it works for any semi-conductive medium.  Another important note is that it is set up to easily model these in a quasi-static way.  If that’s the kind of model you need, it should but easy enough to achieve in your time frame.  However, I’m not sure how it would work in a singularity container.  I’d be interested to know how that works out. 

Here is a general tutorial to get started with SCIRun: 
and here is a model of a potential source simulation, which seems very similar to what you want to do:

We can point you to examples for current source models if you need. 

You can also ask questions on our github discsussion board:



On Feb 18, 2021, at 1:31 PM, Kim Peterson <> wrote:

SCIRun 5 Folks,

    I am a computer science graduate student at USU, enrolled this semester in a Scientific Visualization class.  I am looking for a final project topic that might involve my particular interests in scientific modeling and visualization.  I am not familiar with SCIRun 5, but I see that it is described as an environment for modeling, simulation and visualization of scientific problems, which seems right in line with my interests.  Your websites describe SCIRun 5 applications that are mostly for bio-related purpose, though I presume that does not indicate that the SCIRun 5 application itself is limited to that particular field of study.  I looked at the Platform Notes - Build Requirements web page and believe I could get through an installation on my own.  I see there is a Tutorial, and will have a go at that immediately if a project is a possibility for me  Ideally, I would like to do a term project that does the following:

  • Install SCIRun 5 running on Linux Mint 20 in a Singularity container (I have some experience here and I'm pretty sure I can do this)
  • Use SCIRun 5 to set up a simple electrostatic physics experiment: initial conditions of a cathode plate, anode plate straddling a volume of charged particles
  • Use SCIRun 5 to run a simulation of the experiment
  • Use SCIRun 5 to present a visualization of running the experiment
    Can you tell me if this would be realistic for a 3 or 4 week semester project given that I am starting from scratch with SCIRun 5?  If this is too ambitious, could I scale it back to the first 2 bullets and get that much done in the time I have?  Also, are there other sources of information, or additional tutorials that would help me get a basic understanding of the modeling, simulation and visualization capabilities of SCIRun 5?


Kim Peterson
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