µMAG Standard Problem Strategy
µMAG Standard Problem Strategy
The strategy we used in collecting results for standard problem #1
involved a promise to keeping the identities of the contributers
private. This strategy was adopted for a couple of reasons:
At our workshop in January, a show-of-hands
poll indicated that standard problem solutions would be more
likely if the results were to be published as regular papers.
As we make the transition to published standard problem results,
there are a number of issues that we should address.
- to reduce the likelihood of ``proof by reputation'', and
- to increase participation by providing a shielded critique.
It will be important, as we discuss new standard problems, to remember
to keep the standard problem simple. For each new standard problem
that is proposed, there are an infinite number of variations that can
be thought up. For example, fields can be applied in any direction,
and in different sequences to calculate hysteresis loops, torque
magnetometer loops, ferromagnetic resonance spectra, AC susceptibility,
etc. as a function of material parameters, and geometries, etc. These
calculations may have scientific value and they may be suitable for
publication in archival journals. The standard problem, however,
should be limited in scope. If the standard problem is simple,
initial papers may be published which deal solely with a given standard
problem. Later publications dealing with variations may include
standard problem results in a separate section as a starting point.
Eventually, however, I envision a situation where standard problem results
come to be regarded as reliable, and new computational publications
will mention a comparison against standard problem results in much the
same way as a good experimental paper would mention instrumental
calibration. In order for this to happen, the standard problem must be
simple enough that it doesn't take a lot of time away from more
One very important requirement of a good standard problem is that a
precise comparison of results should be possible. For standard problem
#1, we accomplished this by requiring data be submitted in a particular
format, but such a requirement is clearly
not possible for journal publications.
We would still like to provide this web site as a collection point for
standard problem results. So, as incentive for providing data, we will
offer some free publicity on the µMAG web site in the form of
We want to encourage published solutions of each problem from a number
of groups, and having data tables available on the web will allow
subsequent publications to easily find, incorporate and
cite your work!
- tables of your data,
- summary plots created from the tables, if appropriate,
- a link to your preprint server, and
- a full journal citation.
It is important to be able to compare results, but the reason for doing
the comparisons is to evaluate a variety of micromagnetic techniques, and
to learn how to do micromagnetic computations reliably and, when possible,
quickly. When you are preparing a standard problem paper, please remember
that colleagues will want to know about all of the aspects of your calculation,
sooner or later. Please include descriptions of:
Without this information, your solution will have much less value.
- your formulation of the problem (FEM, BEM, finite difference, etc.),
- how you determined that the disretization was fine enough,
- your initial conditions,
- how you relaxed the system,
- how you decided that the solution had converged,
- how you stepped the applied field,
- how you handled magnetostatic effects,
- how you handled exchange and anisotropy effects,
- and anything else that is special about your technique.
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