Alex visits North Carolina

Alex: This week, I was invited to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, one of our Informal Science Institution partners, to install OpenSpace on their systems. It was a full success and is now installed in the science panorama and visible to the general public in the Astrolab. On the code side of things, I made the specification of SGCT configuration files a bit simpler by enabling the use of Lua scripts to generate SGCT configuration files on the fly, thus making a resolution change a matter of changing arguments.

Kalle: I just got back in OpenSpace development. I have looked at the current issues and started planning and figuring out where I will be needed. I will probably continue doing some work on the globe browsing feature that me and Erik did not have time to do during our thesis work.

Gene: This week I have been working on debugging problems with FreeImage library on linux, and worked on building the Lua socket library into OpenSpace’s Lua interpreter.

Michael N. & Oskar: We’ve been discussing the details and priorities of the Solstice event in June with the people at CCMC. We managed to render the trails of the SDO and STEREO satellites and been digging into some of the already existing work related to field line tracing. We will start to look at the already supported BATS-R-US model and get that to work with time-varying data before examining other models related to coronal magnetic fields such as the PFSS.

Jonathan: I’ve managed to implement some crude multi-touch interaction with zooming and changing the orientation of the camera. The methods use will need to be reiterated to feel more intuitive, my next step is to have the touch callbacks manipulate the view with velocities and inertia rather than absolute positions.