ASPECT
Changes between version 1.5.0 and version 2.0.0

This is the list of changes made after the release of ASPECT version 1.5.0 for version 2.0.0. All entries are signed with the names of the author.

1. Fixed: The mass reaction term on the right-hand side of the Stokes system in models with melt transport is now computed correctly (instead of being zero) in models with operator splitting.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/05/08)

2. Fixed: The nullspace removal had a minor bug that caused a small remaining rotation in three dimensional models even if the net rotation or angular momentum should have been removed. The bug was fixed.
(Rene Gassmoeller, Shangxin Liu, 2018/05/03)

3. Fixed: The material models visco plastic and diffusion dislocation now use the reference density to calculate thermal conductivity if the Temperature equation formulation is set to reference density profile.
(John Naliboff, 2018/04/30)

4. Changed: The default value for AdditionalSeismicOutputs was changed from -1 to a signaling Nan. This ensures that every plugin that creates seismic outputs needs to use a material model that actually fills those outputs. Note that the 'depth average' postprocessor now only outputs seismic velocity columns if they are available. If they are not available, but explicitly requested, the postprocessor will throw an error, and if 'all' quantities are requested the seismic velocities will only be written if provided by the material model. Previously, the columns were always written and filled with -1 if no velocities were available.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/27)

5. Removed: The 'solidus' initial temperature plugin was made somewhat redundant by the 'adiabatic conditions/ascii_data' plugin, and since the inclusion of melting the name 'solidus' is misleading. It was moved into the tests directory until it is made more general, or used in a cookbook. (Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/27)

6. New: Two new nonlinear solvers are now available: a defect correction Picard iteration and a Newton iteration nonlinear solver, both available trough the nonlinear solver called Newton Stokes.
The defect correction Picard (also called approximate Newton) iteration usually follows the same convergence pattern as the normal Picard iteration (linear convergence), but due to it's defect correction form can be more accurate and can make use of the Eisenstat Walker (1994) method of determining the optimal linear tolerance. It can be used by setting the Max pre-Newton nonlinear iterations larger or equal to the Max nonlinear iterations and the Nonlinear Newton solver switch tolerance to an unreachable tolerance.
The Newton iteration is a defect correction Picard which also uses the derivatives of the viscosity to the strain-rate and viscosity to the pressure to converge faster to the correct solution. In contrast to the (defect correction) Picard iteration, this iteration is not globally convergent. This means that only when the current solution is close enough to the real solution, the iteration converges quadratically. In many cases it is therefore advisable to first perform a few defect correction Picard iteration, before turning on the Newton solver.
Because the linear system resulting from the Newton iteration is not always stable (Symmetric Positive Definite), we have options available to stabilize it (see Fraters et al., in prep). This stabilization prevents the linear iterative solver from crashing by forcing the system to be SPD, but may slow down the convergence. We therefore implemented an option for a fail safe, which automatically turns on the stabilization when the linear solver crashes.
(Menno Fraters and Wolfgang Bangerth, 2018/04/26)

7. Fixed: The melt simple model now correctly always uses the Thermal bulk viscosity exponent parameter to compute the temperature dependence of the compaction/bulk viscosity (instead of the Thermal viscosity exponent that describes the temperature dependence of the shear viscosity, which was used before in certain cases and was not the correct parameter for the computation).
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/04/25)

8. Changed: A number of Stokes solver parameters have been moved from the global namespace into the subsection 'Solver parameters/Stokes solver parameters'. The advection and composition solver tolerances have also been moved to the 'Solver parameters' subsection. The update script was improved to handle all changes automatically.
(John Naliboff, Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/23)

9. Changed: The update scripts for old parameter and source files have been moved and renamed. The official way to update old files is now to call doc/update_prm_files.sh or doc/update_source_files.sh with all file names that should be updated.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/20)

10. Changed: All of the nonlinear solver schemes have been renamed: IMPES -> single Advection, single Stokes Stokes only -> no Advection, iterated Stokes iterated Stokes -> single Advection, iterated Stokes Newton Stokes -> iterated Advection and Newton Stokes iterated IMPES -> iterated Advection and Stokes Advection only -> single Advection, no Stokes The old names still work, but should be considered as deprecated.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/04/17)

11. Removed: The deprecated parameters 'Heating model/Model name', 'Model settings/Include shear heating', 'Model settings/Include adiabatic heating', and 'Model settings/Include latent heat' have been removed. Use 'Heating model/List of model names' instead.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/11)

12. Removed: The 'Model settings' subsection in the parameter file has been removed. It contained a selection of parameters that conceptually belonged to other subsections and were never moved to the correct places. The update script in doc/update_prm_files_to_2.0.0.sed was updated to correctly identify and move these parameters to their new subsections, and all files in the repository have been updated using this script.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/10)

13. Overhaul of the melt solver. Changed: Models with melt transport now have a new preconditioner, and the linear system is solved in a different way: Based on the Darcy coefficient, each cell is classified as a melt cell (where the melt transport equations are solved) or not a melt cell (in this case, the compaction pressure dofs are constrained to zero, and the equations that are solved are the Stokes system without any melt-related terms). To achieve better convergence for low melt fractions, the compaction pressure p_c is replaced by a scaled compaction pressure p_c_bar, so that the linear system we are solving is different than before, and the solution vector now contains p_c_bar instead of p_c. The advantages of these changes are much lower iteration counts in models with low or zero porosity, and that we are now solving the Stokes system if no melt is present.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/04/06)

14. Removed: The 'radial earth-like' gravity profile was not really earth-like, and was in fact worse than the default values for most of the other available gravity plugins. This plugin was removed and all occurrences replaced by the 'ascii data' plugin, which by default uses a data file with values from the PREM reference model.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/04)

15. Changed: The 'radial linear' gravity model no longer goes towards a zero gravity at the bottom of the domain, but allows setting the gravity at the bottom to a fixed value. The new default value was chosen to represent mantle gravity profiles. If you used the old model, please restore the old behavior by setting the parameter to 0.0.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/04/04)

16. Removed: Due to low usage, and the lack of realistic applications, the code paths for using anisotropic viscosity have been removed from the main assembly. They are still available and tested as plugins for the anisotropic_viscosity test and can be utilized if needed. This optimization speeds up the Stokes assembly by up to 25%.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/03/22)

17. Improved: The 'depth average' postprocessor was significantly optimized, and now uses approximately ten times less computing time.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/03/21)

18. Overhaul of the melt simple material model. Fixed: The freezing of melt in the melt simple material model is now more consistent: The freezing rate parameter determines the freezing of all melt, and melt freezes if both the porosity and the depletion are larger than the equilibrium melt fraction. Changed: The melt simple material model can now only be used with operator splitting.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/03/16)

19. New: We now also write a machine readable .json file that contains all parameters of each model additionally to the .prm and .tex files. This allows automated evaluation of model output (e.g. plotting statistics over input parameters).
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/03/11)

20. Fixed: The melt material models now work correctly with operator splitting and latent heat of melting. This is achieved by setting a separate time scale for these reactions in the material model.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/02/21)

21. Changed: If the velocity is zero, the time step size is now set to the maximum time step input parameter instead of arbitrarily being set to 1 second.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/02/20)

22. New: There is now a new mesh refinement criterion that adds the option to refine cells based on the compaction length, a typical length scale of features in models with melt migration.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/02/12)

23. New: ASPECT now supports using the free surface in models with melt migration, and with all nonlinear solver schemes.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2018/01/30)

24. New: The 'initial profile' adiabatic conditions plugin was renamed to 'compute profile' as it can now use a function to change the adiabatic surface pressure and temperature over time. If this option is used the adiabatic reference profile will be recomputed for every timestep based on the new function values. If the new option is not set the behavior is unchanged.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/01/25)

25. New: There is now a gravity profile that follows the values of the Preliminary Reference Earth Model (PREM), which is also the new default value for the 'ascii data' gravity model.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/01/19)

26. Changed: Removed min/max bounds on the specific heat capacity and thermal expansivity inside the 'Steinberger' material model. These bounds were only used if the 'Use latent heat' parameter was set to true. To prevent silently changing the solution these bounds were removed.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/01/16)

27. Fixed: The 'heat flux map' visualization postprocessor used to compute the heat flux through every boundary face and average the computed fluxes per cell. At side boundaries of boxes the computed flux usually makes no sense, and one is usually only interested in the surface or bottom heat flux. Thus the plugin was changed to only compute fluxes at top and bottom boundaries.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/01/15)

28. New: We now reuse the memory for matrices for compositional fields instead of allocating one for each field. This will result in memory savings if a large number of them are used.
(Timo Heister, 2018/01/12)

29. Changed: The boundary velocity plugins are now controlled by a manager class that allows assigning several plugins at the same boundary. This behavior is identical to the boundary temperature and boundary composition plugins with the additional possibiltiy of assigning different plugins to different boundaries, and only prescribing certain components of the velocity.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/01/05)

30. Changed: The boundary composition plugins are now controlled by a manager class that allows assigning several plugins at the same time. This behavior is identical to the boundary temperature plugins.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2018/01/04)

31. New: A new material model 'damage rheology' is added. This model uses a compositional field to store and evolve a quantity that represents the grain size, which influences the viscosity. All other material properties can be read from data tables generated by Perplex or Hefesto, or set in a similar way to the 'simple' material model. Details about the model are available in Dannberg et al., 2017 in G-Cubed.
(Rene Gassmoeller, Juliane Dannberg, Bob Myhill, 2018/01/02)

32. Fixed: Memory consumption for matrix storage got reduced significantly by not allocating unused entries in the preconditioner matrix.
(Timo Heister, 2017/12/22)

33. Changed: The ASPECT header (the first lines of each output and the beginning of log.txt files) now contains more information about the version of the software and the used dependencies. This will improve the reproducibility of old model results.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/12/12)

34. New: Added a new "static" field type for compositional fields that are not subject to advection/diffusion/reactions.
(Timo Heister, 2017/11/23)

35. New: Implement new mass conservation formulation "hydrostatic compression".
(Juliane Dannberg, Rene Gassmoeller, Timo Heister, 2017/11/22)

36. New: The option to prescribe a Stokes solution when using the advection only solver scheme now also works in models where melt transport is used.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/11/21)

37. Changed: The 'Morency and Doin' material model was removed from the available material models, and moved to a cookbook folder. This material model is really only useful in that particular setup.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/11/15)

38. Changed: The screen output of the different solver schemes now has the same style. All lines that output the total nonlinear residual of the system iterated over begin with 'Nonlinear residual' and then specify the system being solved.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/11/01)

39. New: There is a new cmake option ASPECT_COMPARE_TEST_RESULTS, which allows to run the test suite without comparing its results. This is useful for other machines than the reference tester, and to check if one of the tests crashes. The option defaults to ON, which preserves the old behavior of comparing the results.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/10/31)

40. Fixed: A forgotten factor of 2 in assembling the preconditioner for the Stokes equation, and a forgotten term for compressible models, led to a suboptimal performance of the solver. The answers were always correct, but it took more iterations than necessary. This is now fixed, and results in significantly fewer GMRES iterations when solving the Stokes equations.
(Menno Fraters, Wolfgang Bangerth, Rene Gassmoeller, Timo Heister, 2017/10/27)

41. Changed: The 'depth' function of geometry models now uses any existing initial topography instead of the undeformed geometry as reference level to compute the depth.
(Menno Fraters 2017/05/16)

42. Added: A new particle interpolation scheme called harmonic average. If a cell contains zero particles, then the harmonic average of the particle properties in the neighboring cells is returned.
(Harsha Lokavarapu, 2017/10/21)

43. Changed: The hdf5 visualization output no longer automatically merges vertices of adjacent cells to save disk space. This has lead to confusion when investigating discontinous output properties, and is now an input parameter that needs to be explicitly enabled.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/10/19)

44. New: The new 'function' boundary composition plugin allows to prescribe compositional field boundary conditions using an analytical function. It supports the coordinate systems cartesian, spherical, and depth.
(Matt Weller, Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/10/01)

45. New: The core of the Newton solver has been added to ASPECT and is functional. This includes several tests to test that the Newton solver is functioning properly.
(Menno Fraters 2017/05/16)

46. New: Much of the non ASPECT specific particle functionality has been moved into the new ParticleHandler class, that will eventually be transferred into deal.II. Some particle related interfaces and plugins need to be adjusted, in particular the Particle::Integrator plugins.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/09/20)

47. New: Traction boundary conditions now also work in models with melt transport.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/09/13)

48. New: a new boundary temperature plugin that the core mantle boundary temperature evolves through time by calculating the heat flux through core mantle boundary and solving the core energy balance. A postprocessor of the core evolution is also added. It is used in our paper Zhang & O'Neill [2016] and it could be useful for people interested in long term planetary evolution.
(Siqi Zhang & Craig O'Neill, 2017/08/22)

49. Fixed: Visualization postprocessors now get the current cell, and output material properties that the material model computes using information related to the current cell correctly.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/08/21)

50. New: There is now a visualization postprocessor that outputs the volumetric strain rate (the divergence of the velocity).
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/08/17)

51. New: There is now a new cookbook that describes how to use melt transport in a convection model. This change also includes a new postprocessor that visualizes the melt fraction material property that is computed by some material models.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/08/14)

52. New: Sparsity patterns of the system matrix now use the current_constraints instead of the static constraints. This allows new kind of constraints in the system and reduces the number of nonzero entries in the system matrix.
(Timo Heister, 2017/08/01)

53. New: With a recent developer version of deal.II (9.0.0.pre) ASPECT can now output particle data using deal.II functionality. This allows compressed vtu output, and the same MPI I/O grouping options that are already available for the visualization postprocessor. The ascii particle output format no longer exists and instead generates (nearly identically formatted) gnuplot output.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/07/26)

54. Fixed: The diffusion dislocation and drucker prager material models can now better handle cases where parameters or material model inputs are slightly outside the range of what is expected for the mantle, and in these cases they now compute reasonable viscosities instead of triggering floating point exceptions.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/07/18)

55. Changed: Rename the name of dynamic topography subsection from "Dynamic Topography" to "Dynamic topography".
(Shangxin Liu, 2017/07/14)

56. Changed: In models with melt transport, the stabilization now uses the maximum of solid and melt velocity, instead of using the melt velocity alone.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/07/12)

57. New: ASPECT now supports operator splitting as a new solver scheme. This allows it to decouple advection and reactions between compositional fields, and can also be used for temperature changes related to these reactions. As part of this scheme, material models now have an optional additional output that computes reaction rates, and heating models have a new output that compute the corresponding rate of change in temperature. An example is given in a new cookbook.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/07/04)

58. New: There is now an 'install' target, so ASPECT can be installed using "make install". The installation path is given by CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX.
(Timo Heister, 2017/06/18)

59. New: Added a cookbook that uses the dynamic topography and geoid postprocessor in a simple spherical shell harmonic perturbation model run. Added the geoid output and lower boundary dynamic topography output to the existing 'S20RTS initial condition' cookbook.
(Jacky Austermann, 2017/06/12)

60. New: Adds a Compositing material model to allow selecting material properties as generated from a number of other material models.
(Jonathan Robey, 2017/05/26)

61. New: Boundary temperatures can now be prescribed as a combination of several plugins in the same way it is possible for initial temperatures. Operators to combine the models are also available.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/05/24)

62. New: The viscoplastic material model now outputs the cohesion and friction angles which can depend on the strain.
(Anne Glerum, 2017/05/23)

63. New: There is a new initial composition plugin called 'porosity' that initializes the porosity to the equilibrium melt fraction if the material model provides one. Other fields are left unchanged, and the plugin does not work if there is no equilibrium melt fraction provided by the material model.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/05/19)

64. New: The adiabatic initial conditions plugin 'initial profile' can now use a reference function to initialize the composition, instead of using the initial composition plugin. This is useful, if the initial composition plugin depends on the adiabatic conditions and can therefore not be used for computing the initial profile.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/05/18)

65. New: Boundary names for all geometries are now consistently named "top" and "bottom". Old names are accepted for now.
(Timo Heister, 2017/05/17)

66. New: ASPECT can now initialize the compositional field by supplying a list of plugins and operators determining how each plugin modifies the field. The operators are specified as a new input file parameter 'List of model operators', which takes a comma-separated list taken from the selection add, subtract, minimum and maximum. This list defaults to add if it is not given in the parameter file. If it is given, it may either be of length 1 (in which case all plugins modify the compositional field in the same way), or of the same length as 'List of model names'.
(Bob Myhill, 2017/05/16)

67. New: ASPECT can now create initial temperature conditions by supplying a list of plugins and operators determining how each plugin modifies the temperature field. The operators are specified as a new input file parameter 'List of model operators', which takes a comma-separated list taken from the selection add, subtract, minimum and maximum. This list defaults to add if it is not given in the parameter file. If it is given, it may either be of length 1 (in which case all plugins modify the temperature field in the same way), or of the same length as 'List of model names'.
(Bob Myhill, 2017/05/16)

68. New: The sphere geometry model can now be used with the spherical constant boundary composition and ellipsoidal chunk can now be used with the spherical shell initial temperature models.
(Bob Myhill, 2017/05/16)

69. New: There is now a visualization postprocessor for geoid data.
(Ian Rose, 2017/05/16)

70. New: Added a postprocessor which visualizes the spd factor for the newton solver. This factor is used in the Newton solver to make sure the Jacobian stays Positive definite. For more info see the Utilities function compute_spd_factor.
(Menno Fraters 2017/05/16)

71. New: Rewrote the Drucker Prager material model into the new evaluate style and added the derivatives of the viscosity wrt the strain-rate and pressure. Also created a test to test the derivatives against a finite difference derivative.
(Menno Fraters 2017/05/16)

72. New: Added a simple nonlinear test, which contains a simple nonlinear material model which has the derivatives of the viscosity wrt the strain-rate and pressure and tests the derivatives against a finite difference derivative. This will be useful later on for benchmarks.
(Menno Fraters 2017/05/16)

73. New: A new particle property is added which indicates the presence of melt greater than the melt transport threshold at the particles position. If melt is not present a 0 is recorded. If melt is present a 1 is recorded. Only works if there is a compositonal field named "porosity". A second new particle property is also added which indicates the value for each compositional field. This can be used as a preliminary way to track the petrological evolution of material.
(Joe Schools, Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/05/15)

74. New: The dynamic topography postprocessor now uses the consistent boundary flux method for computing surface stresses, which is significantly more accurate. The postprocessor also exposes a method for getting the dynamic topography vector, so that the visualization and geoid postprocessors do not need to duplicate effort.
(Ian Rose, 2017/05/15)

75. Changed: The default number of grouped files has been changed from 0 (i.e. the nunmber of processors) to 16 in order to keep the number of output files small if not explicitely stated otherwise.
(Jacky Austermann, 2017/05/15)

76. Changed: The boussinesq approximation formulation is now renamed to Boussinesq approximation.
(Bob Myhill, 2017/05/14)

77. New particle interpolation scheme bilinear least squares using singular value decomposition algorithm. Currently only 2D models are supported. We chose a simple overshoot and undershoot correction scheme, mainly to truncate based on local cell maximum and minimum property value.
(Elbridge Gerry Puckett, Ying He, Harsha Lokavarapu 2017/05/13) *
78. Fixed: Non-zero prescribed velocity boundary conditions used a linear instead of the correct mapping. This caused incorrect values on curved boundaries.
(Timo Heister, 2017/05/12)

79. Changed: ASPECT's seismic anomalies post-processor produced spurious anomalies as a result of laterally averaging velocities in depth slices, and then smoothing slices. The new post-processor provides two options, given by the Average velocity scheme variable. The option reference profile provides a percentage anomaly relative to the Vp and Vs calculated by evaluating the material model at the P-T conditions given by adiabatic conditions. The lateral average provides an anomaly relative to the laterally averaged velocity in the model at that depth. This velocity is calculated by linear interpolation between volumetric averages calculated within depth slices. The number of depth slices in the domain is user-defined. This second option may give odd results if there is a jump in seismic velocity not aligned with the depth slices, so in general, the first option is preferred.
(Bob Myhill, 2017/05/12)

80. New: Functions [boundary - temperature; velocity; traction] now allow user defined Coordinate Systems [cartesian; spherical; depth].
(Matt Weller, 2017/05/12)

81. Changed: The names of ASPECT's data directories now follow the same naming scheme used for the source and include directories. The conversion scripts in the doc/ directory have been adjusted to correctly modify parameter and source files to the new naming scheme.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/05/12)

82. New: ASPECT can now compute geoid in 3D spherical shell geometry. The geoid is calculated in spherical harmonic domain and the final results are transferred into spatial domain. The users can also choose to output the spherical harmonic coefficients of geoid, density contribution part, surface dynamic topography contribution part, and CMB dynamic topography contribution part respectively.
(Shangxin Liu, Ian Rose, 2017/05/11)

83. New: Added functions to compute weighted p norm averages (Utilities::weighted_p_norm_average) and the derivatives of these weighted p norm averages (Utilities::derivative_of_weighted_p_norm_average) to namespace Utilities. The derivatives function is templated to be able to compute derivatives which are doubles and tensors.
(Menno Fraters 2017/05/10)

84. Refactored the SolKz benchmark and added the SolKz benchmark with compositional fields and the SolKz benchmark using active particles. For all three cases, we used Q2_Q1 elements with Q2 temperature and Q2 compositional fields for SolKz and discontinuous piecewise constant composition field for the active particle case.
(Elbridge Gerry Puckett, Ying He, Harsha Lokavarapu 2017/05/10) *
85. Changed: The chunk geometry now removes the manifold id only from the boundaries and sets the correct boundary objects for deal.II versions prior to version 9. For deal.II 9, only the manifold is used, for which the push_forward_gradient function was implemented to compute the normal vectors. This way, velocity anomalies along mesh refinement levels are removed.
(Anne Glerum, 2017/05/10)

86. New: Allow additional RHS force terms in the Stokes system by enabling the parameter "Enable additional Stokes RHS" and filling AdditionalMaterialOutputsStokesRHS in the material model.
(Timo Heister, 2017/05/09)

87. New: 'nearest neighbor' particle interpolator: gets properties from the nearest particle in the same cell. If the cell is empty it gets properties from the nearest particle in the nearest cell.
(Jonathan Perry-Houts, 2017/05/09)

88. Changed: The material model interface now contains a base class for named additional outputs and a derived class that that can be filled with output for the seismic velocities in the evaluate() function. This replaces the member functions seismic_Vs and seismic_Vp in the material model inteface, and can now be used to generate graphical output for other quantities as well. This change also removes the postprocessors 'seismic_vp', and 'seismic_vs'. Instead there is a postprocessor 'named additional outputs' that outputs all available named output quantities. The file doc/update_prm_files_to_2.0.0.sed was updated to modify parameter files to use the new postprocessor.
(Juliane Dannberg, Timo Heister, 2017/05/09)

89. Added: A new heating model (compositional_heating) that allows users to specify a different internal heating rate for each compositional field. Unlike the radioactive decay heating model, the internal heating rate for each compositional field is constant through time.
(John Naliboff, 2017/05/08)

90. New: The dynamic topography post processor now also calculates the topography at the bottom of the domain (and not only the upper surface).
(Jacky Austermann, 2017/05/08)

91. Changed: The unit tests are now a separate cmake project that is configured automatically. To speed up scanning of dependencies, running ctest will no longer rebuild aspect if the binary is out of date. Issues with using "ninja" as the generator have been fixed.
(Timo Heister, 2017/04/29)

92. Changed: ASPECT's 'particles' were initially introduced as 'tracers', and the naming scheme was never unified. In order to use a more consistent and simpler to remember structure all remaining references to 'tracers' have been replaced by 'particles'. This change is unfortunately incompatible with existing user plugins, and existing parameter files. The provided scripts doc/update_source_files_to_2.0.0.sed and doc/update_prm_files_to_2.0.0.sed allow an easy conversion of existing user plugins and parameter files to the new naming scheme.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/24)

93. Changed: The names for all initial condition plugins are now unified to the universal scheme 'initial_property' that is planned for ASPECT 2.0. This change is unfortunately incompatible with existing user plugins, and existing parameter files. The provided scripts doc/update_source_files_to_2.0.0.sed and doc/update_prm_files_to_2.0.0.sed allow an easy conversion of existing plugins and parameter files to the new naming scheme.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/24)

94. Changed: The names for all boundary condition plugins are now unified to the universal scheme 'boundary_property' that is planned for ASPECT 2.0. This change is unfortunately incompatible with existing user plugins, but the provided script doc/update_source_files_to_2.0.0.sed allows an easy conversion of existing plugins to the new naming scheme. Parameter files are not affected, because the naming of subsections already follows the new structure.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/24)

95. New: Initial composition conditions can now be specified as a list of plugins. Their initial compositions are summed to generate the final initial condition. For this purpose there is a new input file parameter 'List of model names', and a new manager class that owns all of the initial composition plugins. Old input file parameters and the Simulator access function 'get_compositional_initial_condition' have been deprecated. Note that there is no longer a default initial composition (previously it was 'function'), but a plugin needs to be specified.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/23)

96. New: Initial temperature conditions can now be specified as a list of plugins. Their initial temperatures are summed to generate the final initial condition. For this purpose there is a new input file parameter 'List of model names', and a new manager class that owns all of the initial temperature plugins. Old input file parameters and the Simulator access function 'get_initial_condition' have been deprecated.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/23)

97. Changed: With a sufficiently new deal.II (9.0.0.pre), the spherical shell geometry no longer uses boundary objects, but lets the SphericalManifold class handle all geometry tasks. Using older version of deal.II the manifold is used for mesh refinement, and boundary objects are used otherwise. This results in improved meshes for the side boundaries of octants of 3D spheres in both cases.
(Anne Glerum, Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/19)

98. Changed: Entries about new contributions are no longer stored in doc/modules/changes.h, but instead each contribution is stored as a single file of the form YYYYMMDD_name in doc/modules/changes/. This creates less conflicts when multiple parallel branches are merged.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/17)

99. Changed: The visco_plastic material model now uses a single compositional field for strain weakening, which can be calculated with the integrated strain invariant particle property or an equivalent compositional field plugin located in the benchmark buiter_et_al_2008_jgr.
(John Naliboff, 2017/04/14)

100. Changed: The folder benchmark/ was renamed into benchmarks/ to be consistent with our directory tests/.
(Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/14)

101. Changed: The global statistics information (time, timestep, degrees of freedom, solver iterations), is now written at one point in a new postprocessor 'global_statistics' instead of wherever they happened to be available. This allows to control the order and format of the columns in the statistics file, and fixes a bug in the statistics file, in which data from later timesteps was written into lines of previous timesteps in case of nonlinear solver schemes. Additionally, the postprocessor by default now outputs only a single line per timestep also for nonlinear solver schemes. To restore the previous behavior (one line per nonlinear iteration) there is a new input parameter "Postprocess/Global statistics/Write statistics for each nonlinear iteration". A consequence of this change is that statistics about the initial refinement steps is only written if the "Mesh refinement/ Run postprocessors on initial refinement" parameter is set to true.
(Juliane Dannberg, Rene Gassmoeller, 2017/04/14)

102. Changed: aspect now outputs only relative nonlinear residuals of nonlinear iterations in the screen output. In addition, the number of the nonlinear iteration is included in the screen output.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/04/13)

103. New: ASPECT now supports postprocessing of nonlinear iterations, in particular generating graphical output for each iteration.
(Juliane Dannberg, 2017/04/12)

104. New: aspect now provides as script that – when used together with the deal.II parameter GUI program – allows for a graphical creation and modification of input parameter files. All available parameters are listed, including their documentation, type, allowed range, and default value. The parameter file written by the GUI will only contain values that are different from the default values, to keep the file easily readable.
(Timo Heister, Rene Gassmoeller, Juliane Dannberg, 2017/03/28)

105. New: aspect now supports the –output-xml flag to generate .xml parameter files that can be edited using the deal.II parameter GUI.
(Timo Heister, 2017/03/24)

106. New: Compressible computations now work with discontinuous pressure elements.
(Timo Heister, 2017/03/23)

107. New: The box geometry can now include initial topography.
(Anne Glerum, 2017/03/16)