4.6. Restart

The restart functionality lets the user set up a problem for restart. This functionality is based on the idea that a restart of a simulation is nothing more than changing the initial conditions of the problem in question. Therefore, the Restart-class is used to extract the solution at any given time(s) in a format that may be used as intiial conditions.

If we want to restart any problem, where a solution has been stored by cbcpost, we can simply point to the case directory:

from cbcpost import *
restart = Restart(dict(casedir='Results/'))
restart_data = restart.get_restart_conditions()

If you for instance try to restart the simple case of the heat equation, restart_data will be a dict of the format {t0: {“Temperature”: U0}}. If you try to restart for example a (Navier-)Stokes-problem, it will take a format of {t0: {“Velocity”: U0, “Pressure”: P0}}.

There are several options for fetching the restart conditions.

4.6.1. Specify restart time

You can easily specify the restart time to fetch the solution from:

t0 = 2.5
restart = Restart(dict(casedir='Results/', restart_times=t0))
restart_data = restart.get_restart_conditions()

If the restart time does not match a solution time, it will do a linear interpolation between the closest existing solution times.

4.6.2. Fetch multiple restart times

For many problems, initial conditions are required at several time points prior to the desired restart time. This can be handled through:

dt = 0.01
t1 = 2.5
t0 = t1-dt
restart = Restart(dict(casedir='Results/', restart_times=[t0,t1]))
restart_data = restart.get_restart_conditions()

4.6.3. Rollback case directory for restart

If you wish to write the restarted solution to the same case directory, you will need to clean up the case directory to avoid write errors. This is done by setting the parameter rollback_casedir:

t0 = 2.5
restart = Restart(dict(casedir='Results/', restart_times=t0,
restart_data = restart.get_restart_conditions()

4.6.4. Specifying solution names to fetch

By default, the Restart-module will search through the case directory for all data stored as a SolutionField. However, you can also specify other fields to fetch as restart data:

solution_names = ["MyField", "MyField2"]
restart = Restart(dict(casedir='Results/', solution_names=solution_names))
restart_data = restart.get_restart_conditions()

In this case, all SolutionField-names will be ignored, and only restart conditions from fields named MyField and MyField2 will be returned.

4.6.5. Changing function spaces

If you wish to restart the simulation using different function spaces, you can pass the function spaces to get_restart_conditions:

V = FunctionSpace(mesh, "CG", 3)
restart = Restart(dict(casedir='Results/'))
restart_data = restart.get_restart_conditions(spaces={"Temperature": V})


This does not currently work for function spaces defined on a different mesh.