The aims of MEML
MEML was developed as part of the
Free Finite Element Package. Because it can
be useful to people who have nothing in mind with Finite Elements, both
Packages were separated.
Right now MEML provides an easy and consistent access to different
Open Source Libraries as
The Meta Matrix Library can deal with three types of matrices. A dense matrix
format (sdml) in lapack, blas style, the compressed row format (crfl) and
a list-based sparse matrix format (ssml). The last format was designed
particularly with regard to the assembling process of a Galerkin Matrix in the
Finite Element context. So a very good supplementation for MEML would be a
hash-based sparse matrix format (hbml) and so this is part of the road-map. Help is
- and SuperLU (projected).
The structure of MEML
Every box represents such a module.
Boxes with an oval fringe are extern libraries or programs. You can find
links to every library under Related Links.
Another very important point is that this software is Open Source Software, that means:
- you have the source code, so you know - if you want to - what's behind the blind
- you can change the tools, depending on your needs
- everyone can reproduce your results, if you give him your code because he can get the library
free of charge
- you can work wherever you want (no License that binds you to one server)
- you can fix and find bugs on your own
The MEML has a very non-restrictive license. You are not forced to give any changes, bugfix's
and supplements made on MEML back to the library. Nonetheless, you are asked for doing it.
In fact in most cases you will benefit from that because your code will be
Thanks go to:
- maybe even improved
- base for new functions which you possibly want to use someday
Barbara Frochte (help on WWW-Pages and translating)
Eike Lange and Jan van Heys (Bug-Reports)