FUKAv2 Release!

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The Frankfurt/Kadath (FUKA) initial data (ID) codes are the first publicly available initial data codes to provide access to asymmetric, highly spinning compact object binaries such as binary black holes, binary neutron stars, and black hole-neutron star binaries. FUKA was originally released June, 2021 (https://hyperspace.uni-frankfurt.de/2021/06/25/fuka-frankfurt-uni-kadath-initial-data-solvers/), however, development has continued in order to enable the reliable generation of initial data for extremal configurations (i.e., highly asymmetric binaries with different spins) while providing an intuitive interface to the user and minimizing the workflow to obtain such ID.

To this end, each FUKAv2 binary solver utilizes the idea of super-imposed isolated compact object solutions to generate the initial setup. This provides a stable setup for each binary solver to obtain a converged solution with only minimal effort on the frontend by the user. Additionally, the solvers are now capable of automating the regridding procedure to obtain the desired final resolution while minimizing computation costs. Finally, the key features available within the original FUKAv1 codes have also been integrated into v2 allowing one to easily obtain eccentricity reduced initial data either by using the built-in 3.5th order post-Newtonian estimates or by providing eccentricity reduction parameters manually (e.g., those obtained from iterative eccentricity reduction).

Overall, when comparing to the original v1 codes FUKAv2 is more than 5x more efficient when solving the ID for asymmetric spinning binaries with a vastly more robust framework to maximize convergence.

The latest version of FUKA along with the thorns enabling the import of FUKA ID into the Einstein Toolkit are available at: https://bitbucket.org/fukaws/