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To Do list..

Here is a list of the ways I would like to expand atlc, in a rough order of time.
  1. Improve consistancy amonst the programs rect_in_rect, rect_cen_in_rect, rect_in_circ, circ_in_rect, make_coupler and sym_strip. Most write to standard output, some write to a file given on the comand line, some take integer arguments, some take floats etc. It's all a bit confusing.

  2. Improve support for coupled transmission lines. It is very weak at the present time,being unable to handle any dielectric other tthan a vacuum and not being able to give any images showing the fields, energy or whatever. Additions may include some software to make use of the impedance values to calculate the properties of a directional coupler, although you should be able to use these in the free versions of spice or pspice. I have not tried that I must admit. There is also a cheapish programme called Puff available from http://www.its.caltech.edu/~mmic/puffindex/puffE/puffE.htm . That would certinaly allow such calculations. There's a Unix verison too at http://wwwhome.cs.utwente.nl/~ptdeboer/ham/puff.html

  3. Implement a better way of enabling a user to change the contrast/brightness in an image. Current, this can only be done with the '-f option to atlc, but this requires a re-run of atlc to do this, which is hardly very useful, given atlc is so CPU intensive. There are faster ways of doing this, just from the binary files (example.E.bin, example.Ex.bin, example.Ey.bin, example.U.bin, example.V.bin and example.Er.bin)..

  4. Try other methods of thread syncronisation in the version of atlc that supports multiple CPUs. Currently, threads are created and destroyed to give syncronisation. I think there may be a faster method by the use of 'mutex variables', but this has not be tried.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to improve atlc, please email me.

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