Introduction to CSDMS Tools: Basic Model Interface (BMI)
Eric Hutton at INSTAAR - University of Colorado Boulder.
Mark Piper at INSTAAR - University of Colorado Boulder.
Greg Tucker at Geological Sciences - University of Colorado Boulder.
Irina Overeem at INSTAAR - University of Colorado Boulder.
The Basic Model Interface (BMI) is a set of standard control and query functions that, when added to a model code, make that model both easier to learn and easier to couple with other software elements. Detailed information about BMI can be found at https://bmi.readthedocs.io.
In this lab, we explore what BMI is and how to use it through a pair of Jupyter Notebooks. This lab first illustrates an example "Heat" model which simulates the diffusion of temperature on a uniform rectangular plate with Dirichlet boundary conditions. Then, the lab demonstrates how to run the "Heat" model through its BMI.
- View model source code and model BMI source code
- Learn to set up and run the Heat model
- Learn to set up and run the Heat model through its BMI
- Diffusion of temperature
- Software interface
This lab can be run on the CSDMS JupyterHub. (If you don't already have an account, follow the instructions to sign up at: https://csdms.colorado.edu/wiki/JupyterHub.) Run the lab Notebook by clicking the "start" link under the Run online heading at the top of this page. If you're an educator using this lab in a class, you can get CSDMS JupyterHub accounts for students. For more information, please contact us through the CSDMS Help Desk: https://github.com/csdms/help-desk.
If run locally, this lab requires the source code from the bmi-example-python repository: https://github.com/csdms/bmi-example-python.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1831623, Community Facility Support: The Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS).
- Hutton, E.W.H., Piper, M.D., and Tucker, G.E., 2020. The Basic Model Interface 2.0: A standard interface for coupling numerical models in the geosciences. Journal of Open Source Software, 5(51), 2317, https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.02317
- Peckham, S.D., Hutton, E.W., and Norris, B., 2013. A component-based approach to integrated modeling in the geosciences: The design of CSDMS. Computers & Geosciences, 53, pp.3-12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2012.04.002.