Thanks for the help with getting FiPy running under Linux! I am trying to 
re-create a 1D nonlinear diffusion problem for which we have C++ code that uses 
the implicit Thomas algorithm based on 

J. Weickert, B. Romerny, M. Viergever, "Efficient and Reliable Schemes
for Nonlinear Diffusion Filtering”, IEEE transactions on Image Processing, 
vol.7, N03, page 398, March 1998

I have been able to get results in FiPy that match this code very closely which 
was a great start. Our C++ code uses a fixed number of spatial points and a 
fixed time step, but re-meshes space to most efficiently use the size of the 
array; it increases the spatial step size by 2 whenever the concentration at a 
particular point reaches a set threshold. I tried implementing this in FiPy as 
well, but haven’t had much luck so far. I saw an old mailing-list entry from 
2011 where a user was told that FiPy wasn’t meant to do remeshing. Is that 
still the case?

I’d imagine one would somehow need to update the Grid1D object with the new 
‘dx’, but since the CellVariable that holds the solution was initialized with 
that mesh object, I am not sure that such a change would propagate in a 
sensible fashion. I think I know how to map the value of the CellVariable to 
account for the change in ‘dx’ by 

array_size = 2000
phi.value = numpy.concatenate((phi.value[1:array_size/2:2], numpy.zeros(1500)))

for the case when the initial variable holds 2000 spatial points. Maybe there’s 
a more elegant way, but I think this works in principle.

Another question would be execution speed. Right now, even when not plotting 
the intermediate solutions, it takes many seconds on a very powerful computer 
to run a simple diffusion problem. I am probably doing something really wrong. 
I wasn’t expecting the code to perform as well as the C++ code, but I had hoped 
to come within an order of magnitude. Are there ways to optimize the 
performance? Maybe select a particularly clever solver? If someone could point 
me into the right direction that’d be great. In the end, I would like to expand 
the code into 2D, but given the poor 1D performance, I don’t think that this 
would be feasible at this point.


  _____________________________________Dipl.-Phys. Carsten Langrock, Ph.D.

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