PeleLM Quickstart

PeleLM was created in 2017 by renaming LMC, the low Mach code from CCSE, and is built on the AMReX library, the AMReX-Hydro set of advection schemes, the IAMR code and the PelePhysics chemistry and thermodynamics library. For the impatient, the following summarizes how to obtain PeleLM and all the supporting software required, and how to build and run a simple case in order to obtain a first set of results. A thorough discussion of the model equations, and time stepping algorithms in PeleLM is given in The PeleLM Model. More details about the make system are given in Building with GNU Make. Parameters provided for runtime control of PeleLM are discussed in PeleLM control. Visualization of the results from PeleLM is discussed in Visualization.

Obtaining PeleLM

First, make sure that “git” is installed on your machine—we recommend version 1.7.x or higher.

Then, there are two options to obtain PeleLM and its dependencies:

1. PeleProduction

PeleProduction enables the user to obtain a consistent version of PeleLM and all its dependencies
with a single git clone (from the user). This is the prefered option when one wants to use PeleLM

but do not intend to make development into the code. More information on PeleProduction can be found on the GitHub page.

  1. Download the PeleProduction repository and :

    git clone
    cd PeleProduction
  2. The first time you do this, you will need to tell git that there are submodules. Git will look at the .gitmodules file in this branch and use that :

    cd Submodules
    git submodule init
    git submodule update
  3. Finally, get into the FlameSheet folder of the PeleLM submodule:

    cd PeleLM/Exec/RegTests/FlameSheet

2. Individual repositories

Alternatively, all the individual dependencies of PeleLM can be obtained independently. The user then needs to provide environment variables for each of AMReX, IAMR, AMReX-Hydro, PelePhysics and PeleLM installation path. This method is intended for users wanting to modify the PeleLM source code and who are more comfortable with maintaining up-to-date the four repositories.

  1. Download the AMReX repository by typing:

    git clone

This will create a folder called amrex/ on your machine. Set the environment variable, AMREX_HOME, on your machine to point to the path name where you have put AMReX:

export AMREX_HOME=/path/to/amrex/
  1. Download the IAMR repository by typing:

    git clone

This will create a folder called IAMR/ on your machine. Set the environment variable, IAMR_HOME. Then switch to the development branch of IAMR:

git checkout -b development origin/development
  1. Download the AMReX-Hydro repository by typing:

    git clone
This will create a folder called AMReX-Hydro/ on your machine. Set the environment variable, AMREX_HYDRO_HOME.
  1. Clone the PeleLM and PelePhysics repositories:

    git clone
    git clone
This will create folders called PeleLM and PelePhysics on your machine. Set the environment variables, PELELM_HOME and PELE_PHYSICS_HOME, respectively to where you put these.
  1. Periodically update each of these repositories by typing git pull within each repository.

  2. Finally, get into the FlameSheet folder of PeleLM :

    cd PeleLM/Exec/RegTests/FlameSheet

Building PeleLM

In PeleLM each different problem setup is stored in its own sub-folder under $(PELELM_HOME)/Exec/, and a local version of the PeleLM executable is built directly in that folder (object libraries are not used to manage AMReX and the application code). In the following, we step through building a representative PeleLM executable.

1. Regardless of which path you decided to choose in order to get the PeleLM code and its dependencies, you should be now be in the FlameSheet folder. If you have chosen Option 2 to get the PeleLM sources, you have already set the environement variable necessary to compile the executable. If you have chosen the first option, you now have to modify the GNUmakefile to ensure that the variable TOP define on the first line points to the Submodules folder of PeleProduction :

TOP = /path/to/PeleProduction/Submodules

such that the following lines provide path to PeleLM and its dependencies. Note that an absolute path in needed.

  1. Edit the GNUmakefile to ensure that the following are set:

    DIM = 2
    COMP = gnu (or your favorite C++/F90 compiler suite)

    If you want to try compilers other than those in the GNU suite, and you find that they don’t work, please let us know. Note that for centers managing their enviroments with “modules”, the programming environment determining your available compiler should agree with your choice of COMP in the GNUmakefile (e.g., PrgEnv-gnu module requires COMP=gnu).

  2. Start by building the Sundials Third Party Library used to integrate the chemistry:

    make TPL

    and finally build PeleLM executable:


If successful, the resulting executable name will look something like PeleLM2d.gnu.ex. Depending on your compilation option the actual name of the executable might vary (including MPI, or DEBUG, …).

Running PeleLM

1. PeleLM takes an input file as its first command-line argument. The file contains a set of parameter definitions that will override defaults set in the code. To run PeleLM in serial with an example inputs file, type:

./PeleLM2d.gnu.ex inputs.2d-regt
  1. While running, PeleLM typically generates subfolders in the current folder that are named plt00000/, plt00020/, etc, and chk00000/, chk00020/, etc. These are “plotfiles” and “checkpoint” files. The plotfiles are used for visualization of derived fields; the checkpoint files are used for restarting the code.

The output folders contain a collection of ASCII and binary files. The field data is generally written in a self-describing binary format; the ASCII header files provide additional metadata to give the AMReX-compatible readers context to the field data.

Visualization of the results

There are several options for visualizing the data. The popular packages Vis-It and Paraview support the AMReX file format natively, as does the yt python package. The standard tool used within the AMReX-community is Amrvis, a package developed and supported by CCSE that is designed specifically for highly efficient visualization of block-structured hierarchical AMR data, however there are limited visualization tools available in Amrvis, so most users make use of multiple tools depending on their needs.

For more information on how to use Amrvis and VisIt, refer to the AMReX User’s guide in the AMReX git repository for download/build/usage instructions.