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The Grackle project: turning a research code into a software package
  • Britton Smith
Britton Smith
University Of Edinburgh
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Abstract

I will present the Grackle project: a library for chemistry and cooling in astrophysical simulations. As a library, Grackle provides functionality needed by almost all astrophysical simulation codes with an API that is easy to implement. As an open-source project, Grackle provides a resource to the astronomical community where new models and data can be easily shared. I will discuss some of the key features of Grackle, such as its primary functions and Python interface, as well as how research software engineers can grow a project like this from a piece of single-use research code into a package with community development, user support, documentation, and testing.