Release Notes for VisIt 3.0.2

Welcome to VisIt’s release notes page. This page describes the important enhancements and bug-fixes that were added to this release.

  1. Bugs fixed in version 3.0.2
  2. Enhancements in version 3.0.2
  3. Changes for VisIt developers in version 3.0.2

Bugs fixed in version 3.0.2

  • Corrected a bug where VisIt would crash when attempting to use python expressions with other expressions as inputs.
  • Corrected a launch failure on Windows when 8dot3name (shortnames) is disabled on the system.
  • Corrected a bug with the mili plugin not handling integers in scientific notation.
  • Corrected a bug with the Uintah reader not being able to read index.xml files.
  • Corrected a bug with importing remote profiles, where it looked at the old Subversion repository for remote profiles. Now it looks at the new Git repository.
  • Corrected a bug where bringing up the Elevate attributes window would crash the graphical user interface on OSX.
  • Corrected a bug with the Uintah reader where it would not load because the libxml2 could not be found.
  • Corrected a bug where the GUI plot list goes blank on macOS.
  • Corrected a bug where the VTK reader incorrectly set topological dimension of a dataset to 0, making the dataset undrawable by VisIt. This occured in a multiblock case where the first block contained neither points nor cells.
  • Corrected a bug with highlighting zones picked by their global ids. The highlighted cells were incorrect or non-existent before.
  • Corrected a bug where the OriginalZoneLabels and OriginalNodeLabels variables appeared twice in the menu for Mili files.
  • Corrected a viewer crash when glyphed points were scaled by a tensor.

Enhancements in version 3.0.2

  • Host profiles were added for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit system.
  • Tables in the graphical user interface documentation that ran off the edge of the page have been converted to definition lists.
  • Modified the batch launching at NERSC to work on Cori after the major operating system upgrade.”
  • Openssl was added to the list of required libraries in build_visit.
  • Added the turbo color table.
  • The XYZ writer replaces ‘?’ with UNKNOWN_ATOMIC_ELEMENT and now warns the user if the dataset is not effectively point-centered.
  • The Xdmf reader now supports time-varying grid counts via a top-level <Information Name=”TimeVaryingMetaData” Value=”True”/> node in the Xdmf file.
  • Added a reader for Xolotl files. Xolotl is an open-source, high performance plasma-surface interactions simulator that is under development with the DOE’s SciDAC program. VisIt will automatically recognize files that end with the extention “.xolotl” as Xolotl files.
  • Binary distributions have been added for Ubuntu 16, Ubuntu 18, Debian 9, and Fedora 27.
  • Support for reading Uintah files has been added to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Ubunutu 16, Ubuntu 18, Debian 9 and Fedora 27 binary distributions.

Changes for VisIt developers in version 3.0.2

  • Updated masonry to build adios2 for OSX.
  • Corrected the building of plugins against a VisIt install for OSX.
  • Corrected an xmledit failure due to missing a Qt cocoa plugin.
  • PySide was removed from build_visit until we get a newer version working with VisIt.
  • Corrected a bug with build_visit that prevented Uintah from being built with MPICH on Linux. This occured when specifying “–mpich –uintah” on the command line.