Hello everyone! This is deal.II newsletter #21. It automatically reports recently merged features and discussions about the deal.II finite element library.
## Below you find a list of recently proposed or merged features: #5899: doc: use LaTeX in LAPACKFullMatrix (proposed by davydden) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5899 #5898: LAPACKFullMatrix - add another Tmmult() (proposed by davydden) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5898 #5896: Use std::uint8_t instead of 'unsigned char' for refinement flags. (proposed by bangerth) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5896 #5895: Explicitly list signed/unsigned char. (proposed by bangerth) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5895 #5894: Use std::uint8_t for refinement cases. (proposed by bangerth) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5894 #5893: return immediately if a==0 in p::d::Vector::add(a,V) (proposed by davydden; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5893 #5892: Mark bundled include dirs as "SYSTEM" for python-bindings (proposed by masterleinad; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5892 #5891: Update documentation on 'deallog' in step-3. (proposed by bangerth; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5891 #5890: Move cuda related macros in their own file (proposed by Rombur; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5890 #5888: Fix bug in ScaLAPACKMatrix::save (proposed by BenBrands; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5888 #5886: Avoid warning about "braces around scalar initializer" (proposed by masterleinad; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5886 #5885: Use more std::unique_ptr and std::make_shared/unique (proposed by masterleinad) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5885 #5884: add BlockVector::multivector_inner_product_with_metric() (proposed by davydden; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5884 #5883: Make Mapping::clone return a unique_ptr<Mapping>. (proposed by drwells; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5883 #5882: Let FETools::get_fe_by_name return a std::unique_ptr (proposed by masterleinad) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5882 #5881: Update documentation of the p::d::SolutionTransfer constructor. (proposed by bangerth; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5881 #5879: Provide a more stable variant of Hermite polynomials for higher polynomial degrees (proposed by kronbichler) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5879 #5878: Add another compile-time check to Adol-C CMake module. (proposed by jppelteret; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5878 #5877: Fix @author string grammar. (proposed by bangerth; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5877 #5876: Fix multiple definitions for internal::SolverBicgstabData (proposed by jppelteret; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5876 #5874: extend VectorTools::project() to take fe_component (proposed by davydden; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5874 #5868: Fix deficiency in computation of norms for ScaLAPACKMatrix (proposed by BenBrands; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5868 #5867: enable chunking for save/load of ScaLAPACKMatrix (proposed by BenBrands; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5867 #5865: avoid icc 15 error on non-const reference (proposed by QiaoLei-88; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5865 #5861: Restrict instantiations in GridRefinement to Vector (proposed by masterleinad; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5861 #5860: Step 49 modernization (proposed by drwells; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5860 #5848: Add/Remove some template parameters. (proposed by jppelteret; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/5848 #3897: CMake: Use -isystem for third party headers (proposed by tamiko; merged) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/pull/3897 ## And this is a list of recently opened or closed discussions: #5897: document math operations consistently (latex instead of HTML) (opened) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5897 #5889: Don't use (un)signed char for integer data types (opened) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5889 #5887: Limit code gallery image sizes (opened) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5887 #5880: Replace interface returning owning raw pointers (opened) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5880 #5858: GridRefinement only instantiated for Vector<Number> (closed) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5858 #5829: Build failed with intel compiler (closed) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5829 #5795: continuous integration with warnings as errors (closed) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5795 #5466: DEAL_II_DISABLE_EXTRA_DIAGNOSTICS seems to be ignored when compiling user code with GCC 7.2.0 (warnings in Boost 1.65.1) (closed) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/5466 #3827: gcc 4.8 ignores Wunused-variable pragma (closed) https://github.com/dealii/dealii/issues/3827 A list of all major changes since the last release can be found at https://www.dealii.org/developer/doxygen/deal.II/changes_after_8_5_0.html. 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