deal.II — an open source finite element library

What it is: A C++ software library supporting the creation of finite element codes and an open community of users and developers. (Learn more.)
Mission: To provide well-documented tools to build finite element codes for a broad variety of PDEs, from laptops to supercomputers.
Vision: To create an open, inclusive, participatory community providing users and developers with a state-of-the-art, comprehensive software library that constitutes the go-to solution for all finite element problems.
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News

2014/11/06: step-54 describes dealing with OpenCascade geometries
step-54 (developed by Andrea Mola and Luca Heltai) demonstrates how to use existing IGES CAD files to describe the boundary of your geometry. This is the first example that uses the new support for the OpenCASCADE (www.opencascade.org) library.
2014/10/13: step-52 introduces time steppers
step-52 (developed by Bruno Turcksin and Damien Lebrun-Grandie) explains how to use deal.II's built-in time stepping methods, including explicit, implicit, and embedded Runge-Kutta methods.
2014/09/02: step-53 shows complex geometries
step-53 demonstrates how to work with the new framework on deforming meshes contributed by Luca Heltai earlier this summer. In particular, it shows how to create a mesh that corresponds to a realistic topography of eastern Africa, but the techniques shown there are of course much more broadly applicable.
2014/07/20: deal.II is now hosted on github
After having used subversion for more than ten years, deal.II has now moved to a github repository to make it simpler for people to contribute. Links and a brief description of how to get the development sources from there can be found at the download page.

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Contact

The primary means of communicating with deal.II developers and users is by email:

The deal.II discussion group is used by developers to announce new features and by users to ask questions about how to do things with deal.II. This is also the forum to post bug reports. It may not be used for job offers and to ask for internships!.

Send email to Wolfgang Bangerth, Guido Kanschat, or Timo Heister if you have questions about obtaining deal.II, license issues and anything that applies to the library immediately.

We appreciate comments and suggestions on deal.II. They can be addressed to either of the addresses above, depending on their public or private nature.

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