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PLUTO: A Numerical Code for Computational Astrophysics

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A. Mignone
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G. Bodo
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S. Massaglia
T. Matsakos
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O. Tesileanu
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Anthony Ferrari
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We present a new numerical code, PLUTO, for the solution of hypersonic flows in 1, 2, and 3 spatial dimensions and different systems of coordinates. The code provides a multiphysics, multialgorithm modular environment particularly oriented toward the treatment of astrophysical flows in presence of discontinuities. Different hydrodynamic modules and algorithms may be independently selected to properly describe Newtonian, relativistic, MHD, or relativistic MHD fluids. The modular structure exploits a general framework for integrating a system of conservation laws, built on modern Godunov-type shock-capturing schemes. Although a plethora of numerical methods has been successfully developed over the past two decades, the vast majority shares a common discretization recipe, involving three general steps: a piecewise polynomial reconstruction followed by the solution of Riemann problems at zone interfaces and a final evolution stage. We have checked and validated the code against several benchmarks available in literature. Test problems in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions are discussed.

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hal-00398331 , version 1 (24-06-2009)



A. Mignone, G. Bodo, S. Massaglia, T. Matsakos, O. Tesileanu, et al.. PLUTO: A Numerical Code for Computational Astrophysics. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 2007, 170, pp.228. ⟨10.1086/513316⟩. ⟨hal-00398331⟩
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