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np - an enzo progress meter.

Author: Britton D. Smith <>
Date: January 26, 2009.
Affiliation: Michigan State University


np is a progress meter for Enzo, inspired by John Wise's progress script.  
np works with both cosmological and non-cosmological Enzo simulations, 
providing a useful breakdown of the progress of a currently running simulation.  
np gathers information about the parameters of the simulation and the current 
state of the AMR hierarchy by parsing the files, amr.out and 
OutputLevelInformation.out, which are created automatically by Enzo.  
Additionally, np is able to report more up to date information, such as the 
current level being evolved or rebuilt as well as the creation of any 
additional levels of refinement created since the last top grid timestep.  
This is done by piping a 'tail -f' process performed on the Enzo standard 
output file.  This requires the user to be piping any Enzo output to a file.
This can be accomplished in the following manner:

./enzo -d my_parameter_file >& enzo_output.dat

The & symbol ensures that the stderr output is piped to the same file as the 
stdout.  This is useful as most Enzo output actually goes to stderr.


np comes with a few options that can be changed with various command line 
flags.  Calling './np -h' will print a description of them all.
        -h: print this help output.
        -hf <filename>: hierarchy file (default: OutputLevelInformation.out).
        -l <number of output lines>: print enzo standard out lines (default: 0).
        -of <filename>: enzo standard out file (default: estd.out).
        -pf <filename>: parameter file (default: amr.out).
        -t <title>: title of simulation.
        -w <seconds>: change number of seconds between output (default: 1).


The output of np is divided into four sections: Time, Redshift, Output, and Hierachy.

Time: the initial, current, and final time of the simulation in code units and years.

Redshift: the initial, current, and final redshift of the simulation.  For 
	  non-cosmological simulations, this will disappear.

Output: the time (in code units) and the redshift (if a cosmological simulation) of 
	the next and last data output.  This includes both dt outputs and redshift 

Hierachy: information on the current state of the AMR hierarchy.
	  Level: refinement level.
	  Grids: number of grids on that level at the end of the last top grid 
	  Volume: the fractional volume of the computational domain on that level.
	  Sub: the fraction of the parent grid's timestep over which that level 
	       has evolved.
	  Iter: total number of iterations on that level.
	  Last column: an arrow indicating the level on which computation is being 
	       	       performed at that moment.
		       E: evolve level
		       R: rebuild hierarchy


The order and orientation of the four sections can be changed by altering the array 
called "format" in the section title "Output format", starting on line 46.  The 
default is an attractive 2 x 2, defined as:

# Nice 2 x 2.
@format = ([\@timeSection,\@outputSection],

Examples for fully horizontal and vertical formatting are provided as well.  Further 
customization is possible following the examples provided.  If outputting of the 
Enzo output is enable with the -l flag, it will always appear at the very bottom.