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next command

Syntax:

next variables 

Examples:

next x
next a t x myTemp 

Description:

This command is used with variables defined by the variable command. It assigns the next value to the variable from the list of values defined for that variable by the variable command. Thus when that variable is subsequently substituted for in an input script command, the new value is used.

See the variable command for info on how to define and use different kinds of variables in SPPARKS input scripts. If a variable name is a single lower-case character from "a" to "z", it can be used in an input script command as $a or $z. If it is multiple letters, it can be used as ${myTemp}.

If multiple variables are used as arguments to the next command, then all must be of the same variable style: index, loop, universe, or uloop. An exception is that universe- and uloop-style variables can be mixed in the same next command. Equal- or world-style variables cannot be incremented by a next command. All the variables specified are incremented by one value from their respective lists.

When any of the variables in the next command has no more values, a flag is set that causes the input script to skip the next jump command encountered. This enables a loop containing a next command to exit.

When the next command is used with index- or loop-style variables, the next value is assigned to the variable for all processors. When the next command is used with universe- or uloop-style variables, the next value is assigned to whichever processor partition executes the command first. All processors in the partition are assigned the same value. Running SPPARKS on multiple partitions of processors via the "-partition" command-line switch is described in this section of the manual. Universe- and uloop-style variables are incremented using the files "tmp.spparks.variable" and "tmp.spparks.variable.lock" which you will see in your directory during such a SPPARKS run.

Here is an example of running a series of simulations using the next command with an index-style variable. If this input script is named in.polymer, 8 simulations would be run using data files from directories run1 thru run8.

variable d index run1 run2 run3 run4 run5 run6 run7 run8
shell cd $d
read_data data.polymer
run 10000
shell cd ..
clear
next d
jump in.polymer 

If the variable "d" were of style universe, and the same in.polymer input script were run on 3 partitions of processors, then the first 3 simulations would begin, one on each set of processors. Whichever partition finished first, it would assign variable "d" the 4th value and run another simulation, and so forth until all 8 simulations were finished.

Jump and next commands can also be nested to enable multi-level loops. For example, this script will run 15 simulations in a double loop.

variable i loop 3
variable j loop 5
clear
...
read_data data.polymer.$i$j
print Running simulation $i.$j
run 10000
next j
jump in.script
next i
jump in.script 

Restrictions: none

Related commands:

jump, include, shell, variable,

Default: none