Configuring SWIFT with VELOCIraptor¶

In the following three paragraphs we will explain how to setup VELOCIraptor, how to compile it and how to compile SWIFT with VELOCIraptor.

Setting up VELOCIraptor¶

Before we can run SWIFT with VELOCIraptor we first need to download VELOCIraptor. This can be done by cloning the repository on GitHub:

git clone https://github.com/ICRAR/VELOCIraptor-STF.git


The SWIFT interface is in the master branch of VELOCIraptor so nothing is more is needed besides fetching the latest version of the NBodyLib that the code relies upon:

cd VELOCIraptor-STF
git submodule update --init --recursive


To get VELOCIraptor working with SWIFT simply use:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../ -DVR_USE_HYDRO=ON -DVR_USE_SWIFT_INTERFACE=ON -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release


The first parameter activates the processing of gas, stars and black holes. It can be omitted for simulations evolving only dark matter.

If you wish to run swift without MPI, you will need to add -DVR_MPI=OFF.

Compiling VELOCIraptor¶

make -j


After the compilation of your code, you will find a static library libvelociraptor.a, that is required to run SWIFT with VELOCIraptor. Note that VELOCIraptor needs a serial version of the HDF5 library, not a parallel build.

Compiling SWIFT¶

The next part is compiling SWIFT with VELOCIraptor and assumes you already downloaded SWIFT from the GitLab repository. This can be done by running

./autogen.sh
./configure --with-velociraptor=/path/to/VELOCIraptor-STF/src
make


In which ./autogen.sh only needs to be run once after the code is cloned from the GitLab, and /path/to/ is the path to the VELOCIraptor-STF directory on your machine. In general ./configure can be run with other options as desired. After this we can run SWIFT with VELOCIraptor, but for this we first need to add several lines to the yaml file of our simulation

StructureFinding:
config_file_name:     vrconfig_3dfof_subhalos_SO_hydro.cfg
basename:             haloes
scale_factor_first:   0.02
delta_time:           1.02


In which we specify the .cfg file that is used by VELOCIraptor and the other parameters which SWIFT needs to use. In the case of the Small Cosmological Volume DMO example we can run a simulation with halo finder as:

cd examples/SmallCosmoVolume_DM
../swift --cosmology --hydro --self-gravity --velociraptor --threads=8 small_cosmo_volume_dm.yml


Which activates the VELOCIraptor interface.