VSim Documentation

The VSim Documentation comes in 5 manuals.

VSim Installation: System requirements, installing the software on your machine, release notes, and licensing.

VSim User Guide: Basics of creating and running a simulation, simulation concepts, and how to analyze and visualize the output.

VSim Examples: Detailed walkthrough of a range of simulations.

VSim Customization: How to write macros to make input file writing easier, and how to write special analyzers for your data.

VSim Reference Manual: describes every input variable and panel, provides an API-level discussion of every analyzer and macro, describes every input block.

These manuals are also distributed with VSim in PDF form for your convenience.

Indices and tables


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[WC08]Gregory R Werner and John R Cary. Extracting degenerate modes and frequencies from time-domain simulations with filter-diagonalization. Journal of Computational Physics, 227(10):5200–5214, 2008.
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