Simulated scattering from a hollow-cylinder vanadium sample.
|The plot shows the intensity of scattered neutrons (red is
highest intensity). The sample is at the center of the sphere with the
neutron beam coming from the left. Clearly seen is the shadowing effect
of the sample causing a lower intensity opposite the beam. Also seen is
the effect of the non-symmetric geometry of the sample, causing lower intensity
directly above and to the side of the sample.|
To assess the current use of McStas, we have put together the below survey for users of our neutron Monte Carlo ray-tracing package.
Using the survey results, we hope to gain insight and statistics on the McStas user community, where it is currently based, which operating systems and computing infrastructures are used, and to what satisfaction the package, support infrastructure and documentation is used. The survey should also give us a clear picture where to focus our future efforts.
We hope you will help us by investing a few minutes in the survey:
On behalf of the McStas team,
I can confirm that the latest McStas works fine on the newest macOS release, even though the distributed "Check-PL-dependencies" script will report both 10.13 and 10.14 as an unsupported macOS releases.
If you need to install our Perl-based tool chain on 10.13 High Sierra or 10.14 Mojave, the easiest way is to download an updated version of the above script, get it from our GitHub (I will also put a copy alongside the existing .tgz for download)
If, after an upgrade to Mojave you get compilation issues with the error message
mccode-r.h:39:18: fatal error: math.h: No such file or directorythen please run the following commands in a terminal:
xcode-select --install- to initiate installation of updated Xcode commandline tools
sudo open /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/Packages/macOS_SDK_headers_for_macOS_10.14.pkg- to install the development headerfiles in the usual /usr/include location
Does the combination of DFT or classical MD with McStas for modeling experimental data sound interesting?
If so, please consider participating in the MDANSE 2018 event in Tenerife this fall. Registration closes on May 31st 2018.
(You can also read more in this a post to mcstas-users)
I have tested McStas 2.4.1 with the recent Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "bionic beaver", and the usual installation recipe works.
The only found issue so far relates to the behaviour of the Perl+PGPLOT mcplot.pl plotter which out of the box fails with the error message: "%giza - ERROR - giza_open_device: Unknown device, device not opened" (see below graphics also).
(In fact the problem was known already for Debian testing, see our related GitHub issue)
The following solutions/workarounds exist:
As some of you may have already seen via our facebook page or on twitter, a joint McStas-McXtrace team visited the 2018 GPU Hackathon in Dresden in March.
We can not a such claim that the software fully runs on NVIDIA GPU's, but we certainly gained knowledge and will investigate further. :-)
The team pariticpating in Dresden were
Here is a few photos from the event - and also a PDF from
the final presentation, put together by Mads Bertelsen,
University of Copenhagen
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