ReSCAL - Real-Space Cellular Automaton Laboratory

ReSCAL (Real-Space Cellular Automaton Laboratory) is a generator of 3D multiphysics, markovian and stochastic cellular automata with continuous time. The model is an open-source package which has been described in full details in Rozier et al., [2014]. This project aims to provide spatio-temporal modeling of geological interfaces. It is conducted with the Geomorphology team and the Laboratoire de Dynamique des Fluides Géologiques, within the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.

Key features:
• Transitions of neighboring cells
• Choice of the geometry and boundary conditions
• Computation of simulated time
• Detection of solid surfaces and computation of the slope
• Avalanche mechanisms
• Correlations between transitions
• Localized control and forcing of the transition rates
• Coupling with a multispeed lattice gas automaton
• Polymorphism of the cells

Graphical interface:
• Real-time rendering
• Light shading
• Horizontal and vertical planes
• Visualization of the hydrodynamical flow

Examples of application domains

Morphology of sand dunes

Erosion and sedimentation processes

Crystallization and dissolution processes

Physics of granular materials

Dev Team

      PI: Clément Narteau - Project Lead., Physical background and stochastic algorithms

      Core development: Olivier Rozier - Development and maintenance | Eduardo Sepulveda - Cellular engine based on dissol program (2D)

      Other contributors:: Xin Gao | Marc Hufschmitt | Fernando Lopes | Antoine Lucas | Ping Lu | Deguo Zhang


ReSCAL is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. It is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY WHATSOEVER. Check the License for details. You should have received a copy of it, along with the package; see the file 'COPYING'. If not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

Source code
rescal-1.4 250 Kb
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rescal-1.1 209 Kb2011-06
rescal-1.0 208 Kb2011-05
Demos package
2.1 Mb

Parallelized code with OpenMP and MPI libraries (MPI code not included in the GPL version).

A Real-Space Cellular Automaton Laboratory
O. Rozier & C. Narteau
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi:10.1002/esp.3479 (2013)
Morphology and dynamics of star dunes from numerical modelling
D. Zhang, C. Narteau, O. Rozier & S. Courrech du Pont
Nature Geoscience, 5, 463-467 (2012)
Morphodynamics of barchan and transverse dunes using a cellular automaton model
D. Zhang, C. Narteau & O. Rozier
J. Geophys. Res., 115, F03041 (2010)
Setting the length and time scales of a cellular automaton dune model from the analysis of superimposed bed forms
C. Narteau, D. Zhang, O. Rozier & P. Claudin
J. Geophys. Res., 114, F03006 (2009)