# GalaxSee

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## Problem description

GalaxSee is a simulation of the n-body problem. A galaxy of stars (or point-masses) is generated with random positions and velocities, spun, and updated as the stars exert forces on each other.

## Parameters

GalaxSee is run with the following command line: mpirun -np NUMPROCS [-m M] [-t T] [-x] STARS

• NUMPROCS = the number of processes on which to run. If no additional arguments are specified, NUMPROCS must be 1.
• STARS = the number of stars in the galaxy, 512 by default.
• -m - the mass of each star (all stars have the same mass), 200 by default
• -t - the number of ticks or time steps to run, infinite by default
• -x - a flag that suppresses the graphical (X) display

## Classes

### Point

A single body. A point has position, velocity, and acceleration, all in <x,y,z> coordinates.

### Galaxy

The galaxy initializes the points with random positions and velocities, spins the points around the center, and thereafter makes updates to the points' positions, velocities, and accelerations based on their gravitational interactions with each other.

### RunManager

This creates two separate threads. It receives the following commands and executes them accordingly:

• start [NUMPROCS] [args]\n --- starts a galaxy running over NUMPROCS threads with args as arguments.
• show\n
• pause\n --- halts the galaxy's updates
• unpause\n --- resumes the galaxy's updates
• quit\n or exit\n

## Physics Assumptions

• Gravitational Constant = 6.673 * 10^-11 m^3 / (kg * s^2)
• Mass of the sun = 1.99 * 10^30 kg
• Accelerations are calculated based on the formula found here, where gamma in our case is Gnorm = Gconst * mass(sun) / (3 kilo light years / (2 * seconds in 1 million years))