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  • Containerized Development With Singularity

    I’ve been wanting to try using containers for managing different development environments for a while now. Docker is a well known container software, but I’ve found it not be well-suited for development. Singularity is an alternative that is designed for high performance computing and not microservices. It integrates more readily with the host OS, while being more secure than Docker. Interestingly, in some applications Singularity containers actually perform better than bare-metal(the native OS). In this post I will outline what I’ve done to use Singularity for a container-based development environment.
  • Using Emacs as a C++ IDE - Take 2

    Updated Feb. 10, 2018
    Just over a year ago I wrote a post about using Emacs is a C++ IDE. Over the past year many small improvements have led me to an entirely different configuration that I find to be much faster and easier to use. In this post I will show screencasts of the features I’m using and provide my entire init file at the end. There should be enough comments in the init file to make it clear what’s going on. If not leave a comment and I’ll try to explain.
  • The Missing for constexpr

    With C++17 we finally get if constexpr. However, I have started running into a lot of cases where I want a for constexpr that is guaranteed to be evaluated at compile time. My use case is effectively compile time indexing of a multi-index tuple-like datastructure. This means that arbitrary nesting (within instantiation depth limits at least) must be possible, and it must be possible to have an inner for loop index depend on an outer for loop index. We will use C++14 to implement for constexpr.
  • Antergos/Arch Linux on MacBook Pro 11,4

    I’ve been wanting to run a Linux distro on my MacBook Pro for about 6 years now. About a year ago I decided to give it another go and had a lot of success. After doing some research on the topic I came to the conclusion that Arch Linux is the most promising distro, at least in terms documentation for MacBook Pros. To make the installation easier I decided to go with Antergos for the installation process. This post will cover replacing macOS on your MacBook Pro 11,4. After following this post you will only have Antergos installed on your system.
  • Lambdas and Overloads and Type Traits, Oh My!

    In this post I will discuss overloading generic lambdas in C++14, using SFINAE with lambdas, using tagged dispatch for “pseudo-SFINAE”, and finally using overloading and SFINAE to create local type traits inside functions. All of these are useful when writing generic code. Overloading generic lambdas, for example, proves to be extremely useful when implementing a stream operator for std::tuple. I’m sure you can think of reasons why a type trait is useful only in the current scope and writing a struct elsewhere for it is overkill (e.g. checking for the existence of a member function of a template parameter).
  • Variadic Using and How to Use It

    C++17 allows parameter pack expansion inside using statements. This feature is sometimes called variadic-using and the paper is here. Unfortunately, I found searching for “variadic using” with Google to not be all that helpful. In this post I will provide a concrete example of what this feature can be used for, since it might seem like a bit of a strange idea at first.
  • TMP Part 4 - Recursion Free Tuple Iteration

    This post is a follow up to iterating over tuples, but this time we do not use runtime or compile time recursion, so the resulting code is cleaner and faster. There are two different types of iteration, one where you keep a “state” and one where you do not. By state I mean, for example, the partial sum of all elements already processed in a reduction, accumulation, or fold. Parameter pack expansion is the fastest and preferred method of iteration. However, it has the drawback that it cannot keep state at compile time (or at least I haven’t figured out how, yet). That means parameter pack expansion works well in transforms at compile time but not folds. Interestingly enough, we can use parameter pack expansion for runtime iteration with state. This is something I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about and I now have a solution I’m very happy with. Let’s dive in!
  • TMP Part 3 - Tuple Iteration With Recursion

    A fairly common task one encounters is iterating over a std::tuple. I’m going to keep this post fairly brief and go over how not to iterate over a tuple. We’ll discuss how you should iterate over a tuple in the next post.
  • Template Metaprogramming Part 2

    We continue on our adventure of template metaprogramming. We explore the concept of compile-time data structures such as a typelist, map, and a set. This is done using the brigand template metaprogramming library (TMPL). However, there are several other options available. I outline them in a table below along with the C++ standard each requires. Giving credit where it is due, the original inspiration for some these libraries were blog posts by Eric Niebler and Peter Dimov.
  • Template Metaprogramming Part 1

    What is template metaprogramming? Why do I care about template metaprogramming? What is a typelist? These are the sorts of questions I asked myself when I first started looking at template metaprogramming seriously.
  • CLion as C++ IDE With Charm++ Projects

    A while ago I wrote a post on using Emacs as a C++ IDE. That setup seems to work really well for small to medium sized projects that don’t use certain libraries. However, I’ve found that the code completion is not always as consistent and good as I would like. After listening to a CppCast interview with Anastasia Kazakova I decided to try CLion out as an IDE. Being a loyal Emacs user I was quite skeptical initially but always longed for a really well-developed and smooth workflow, something that CLion promised.
  • Using Emacs as a C++ IDE

    An updated version of this post is available here.

    Last year I wrote a post about using Flymake with Emacs to get on-the-fly syntax checking. Recently I watched a cppcon lightning talk by Atila Neves on his setup for using Emacs as a C++ IDE and was inspired to adapt this to my own needs. In this post I will guide you through the setup process, which will carry over to Aquamacs for the most part too. I’ll try to note any differences as they come up. This guide will also use Homebrew for installing some additional software, but on Ubuntu you should be able to get it from apt. Please note that I take no credit for this setup at all. It is all thanks to the many developers and blog authors whose content I was able to use and piece together. I will do my best to cite any resources as I go. I apologize in advance for anything I missed.
  • Kepler's Third Law in Schwarzschild

    Kepler’s third law in classical mechanics states that the square of the orbital period, , of a planet or particle is proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit. The classical equation describing this is
  • Terminal Multiplexer (tmux) on OSX

    I recently started using tmux and have found that it has improved my workflow. Being an Emacs (Aquamacs) user most of my work is done inside Emacs with little to no need for a separate terminal. However, much of my work requires connecting to remote systems via SSH and so I’d often have several tabs open connected to different servers. Of course if I switched to a different desktop these tabs would no longer be there, which was rather inconvenient. tmux has made this aspect and my entire terminal experience much better. Even if you think you don’t do much, I recommend trying out tmux.
  • Emacs and Flymake Syntax-Checking

    Emacs is a great tool for software development. If you’re not using a more advanced environment than Notepad and a Terminal it may be time for you to look at options. Two popular ones are Emacs and Vim. Depending on who you ask you will get widely varying responses about which is “better”. Eclipse, Visual Studio and Xcode are all popular options as well. Now to get to the point. Compiling code takes time and having a built-in syntax check is an excellent way to reduce time spent compiling. For Emacs there is Flymake and Flycheck. As you can probably guess, I will discuss Flymake.
  • Well, Hello!

    Welcome! I’m starting this site to share my knowledge of physics, experiences developing software for scientific use, and anything else that gets me excited. I am currently a graduate student in the physics department at Cornell University working with Prof. Saul Teukolsky with the SXS collaboration. My research interests are solving Einstein’s equations using computers to study physics not available to us here on Earth. Common examples of problems solved using numerical relativity include binary black hole mergers, binary neutron star mergers, and jets and acretion disk formation and evolution. Recently numerical relativity has also been used to study quantum mechanical systems using the so-called anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory (AdS/CFT) conjecture. If you have not heard of AdS/CFT fear not, I will have a post on this at some stage but be warned that it is from the view of a relativist, not a particle physicist.

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