Simple diffusion example

This is Oceananigans.jl's simplest example: the diffusion of a one-dimensional Gaussian. This example demonstrates

  • How to load Oceananigans.jl.
  • How to instantiate an Oceananigans.jl model.
  • How to create simple Oceananigans.jl output.
  • How to set an initial condition with a function.
  • How to time-step a model forward.
  • How to look at results.

Install dependencies

First let's make sure we have all required packages installed.

using Pkg
pkg"add Oceananigans, CairoMakie"

Using Oceananigans.jl


using Oceananigans

to load Oceananigans functions and objects into our script.

Instantiating and configuring a model

A core Oceananigans type is NonhydrostaticModel. We build a NonhydrostaticModel by passing it a grid, plus information about the equations we would like to solve.

Below, we build a rectilinear grid with 128 regularly-spaced grid points in the z-direction, where z spans from z = -0.5 to z = 0.5,

grid = RectilinearGrid(size=128, z=(-0.5, 0.5), topology=(Flat, Flat, Bounded))
1×1×128 RectilinearGrid{Float64, Flat, Flat, Bounded} on CPU with 0×0×3 halo
├── Flat x
├── Flat y
└── Bounded  z ∈ [-0.5, 0.5]      regularly spaced with Δz=0.0078125

The default topology is (Periodic, Periodic, Bounded). In this example, we're trying to solve a one-dimensional problem, so we assign Flat to the x and y topologies. We excise halos and avoid interpolation or differencing in Flat directions, saving computation and memory.

We next specify a model with an ScalarDiffusivity, which models either molecular or turbulent diffusion,

closure = ScalarDiffusivity(κ=1)
ScalarDiffusivity{ExplicitTimeDiscretization}(ν=0.0, κ=1.0)

We finally pass these two ingredients to NonhydrostaticModel,

model = NonhydrostaticModel(; grid, closure, tracers=:T)
NonhydrostaticModel{CPU, RectilinearGrid}(time = 0 seconds, iteration = 0)
├── grid: 1×1×128 RectilinearGrid{Float64, Flat, Flat, Bounded} on CPU with 0×0×3 halo
├── timestepper: QuasiAdamsBashforth2TimeStepper
├── advection scheme: Centered reconstruction order 2
├── tracers: T
├── closure: ScalarDiffusivity{ExplicitTimeDiscretization}(ν=0.0, κ=(T=1.0,))
├── buoyancy: Nothing
└── coriolis: Nothing

By default, NonhydrostaticModel has no-flux (insulating and stress-free) boundary conditions on all fields.

Next, we set! an initial condition on the temperature field, model.tracers.T. Our objective is to observe the diffusion of a Gaussian.

width = 0.1
initial_temperature(z) = exp(-z^2 / (2width^2))
set!(model, T=initial_temperature)

Visualizing model data

Calling set! above changes the data contained in model.tracers.T, which was initialized as 0's when the model was created. To see the new data in model.tracers.T, we plot it:

using CairoMakie
set_theme!(Theme(fontsize = 24, linewidth=3))

fig = Figure()
axis = (xlabel = "Temperature (ᵒC)", ylabel = "z")
label = "t = 0"

z = znodes(model.tracers.T)
T = interior(model.tracers.T, 1, 1, :)

lines(T, z; label, axis)

The function interior above extracts a view of model.tracers.T over the physical points (excluding halos) at (1, 1, :).

Running a Simulation

Next we set-up a Simulation that time-steps the model forward and manages output.

# Time-scale for diffusion across a grid cell
min_Δz = minimum_zspacing(model.grid)
diffusion_time_scale = min_Δz^2 / model.closure.κ.T

simulation = Simulation(model, Δt = 0.1 * diffusion_time_scale, stop_iteration = 1000)
Simulation of NonhydrostaticModel{CPU, RectilinearGrid}(time = 0 seconds, iteration = 0)
├── Next time step: 6.104 μs
├── Elapsed wall time: 0 seconds
├── Wall time per iteration: NaN days
├── Stop time: Inf days
├── Stop iteration : 1000.0
├── Wall time limit: Inf
├── Callbacks: OrderedDict with 4 entries:
│   ├── stop_time_exceeded => Callback of stop_time_exceeded on IterationInterval(1)
│   ├── stop_iteration_exceeded => Callback of stop_iteration_exceeded on IterationInterval(1)
│   ├── wall_time_limit_exceeded => Callback of wall_time_limit_exceeded on IterationInterval(1)
│   └── nan_checker => Callback of NaNChecker for u on IterationInterval(100)
├── Output writers: OrderedDict with no entries
└── Diagnostics: OrderedDict with no entries

simulation will run for 1000 iterations with a time-step that resolves the time-scale at which our temperature field diffuses. All that's left is to

[ Info: Initializing simulation...
[ Info:     ... simulation initialization complete (139.016 ms)
[ Info: Executing initial time step...
[ Info:     ... initial time step complete (4.735 seconds).
[ Info: Simulation is stopping after running for 6.775 seconds.
[ Info: Model iteration 1000 equals or exceeds stop iteration 1000.

Visualizing the results

Let's look at how model.tracers.T changed during the simulation.

using Printf

label = @sprintf("t = %.3f", model.clock.time)
lines!(interior(model.tracers.T, 1, 1, :), z; label)

Very interesting! Next, we run the simulation a bit longer and make an animation. For this, we use the JLD2OutputWriter to write data to disk as the simulation progresses.

simulation.output_writers[:temperature] =
    JLD2OutputWriter(model, model.tracers,
                     filename = "one_dimensional_diffusion.jld2",
                     overwrite_existing = true)
JLD2OutputWriter scheduled on IterationInterval(100):
├── filepath: ./one_dimensional_diffusion.jld2
├── 1 outputs: T
├── array type: Array{Float64}
├── including: [:grid, :coriolis, :buoyancy, :closure]
├── file_splitting: NoFileSplitting
└── file size: 20.9 KiB

We run the simulation for 10,000 more iterations,

simulation.stop_iteration += 10000
[ Info: Initializing simulation...
[ Info:     ... simulation initialization complete (42.310 ms)
[ Info: Executing initial time step...
[ Info:     ... initial time step complete (6.679 ms).
[ Info: Simulation is stopping after running for 29.032 seconds.
[ Info: Model iteration 11000 equals or exceeds stop iteration 11000.

Finally, we animate the results by opening the JLD2 file, extract the iterations we ended up saving at, and plot the evolution of the temperature profile in a loop over the iterations.

T_timeseries = FieldTimeSeries("one_dimensional_diffusion.jld2", "T")
times = T_timeseries.times

fig = Figure()
ax = Axis(fig[2, 1]; xlabel = "Temperature (ᵒC)", ylabel = "z")
xlims!(ax, 0, 1)

n = Observable(1)

T = @lift interior(T_timeseries[$n], 1, 1, :)
lines!(T, z)

label = @lift "t = " * string(round(times[$n], digits=3))
Label(fig[1, 1], label, tellwidth=false)


Finally, we record a movie.

frames = 1:length(times)

@info "Making an animation..."

record(fig, "one_dimensional_diffusion.mp4", frames, framerate=24) do i
    n[] = i
[ Info: Making an animation...

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