ANN: CAGE 1.1.3 -- A generic and fairly complete cellular automatasimulation engine

Discussion in 'Python' started by Erik Max Francis, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. Summary

    A generic and fairly complete cellular automata simulation engine.


    Overview

    CAGE is a fairy generic and complete cellular automaton simulation
    engine in Python. It supports both 1D and 2D automata, a variety
    of prepackaged rules, and the concept of "agents" which can move
    about independently on the map for implementing agent behavior.

    CAGE comes with numerous examples of fully-functional CA systems,
    including Conway's Game of Life, Langton's self-reproducing
    automaton, Langton's "vants," and 1D automata rule explorers. It
    also comes with simple displayers (including a curses interface
    for 2D automata). Also included is a unique implementation of a
    finite state machine (ant.py).

    Note that CAGE is implemented entirely in Python, and due to its
    very generalized nature, is not designed for speed. It is
    sufficient to update a 80x24 Conway's Game of Life grid at a few
    times per second on a modern machine. CAGE is intended primarily
    as an education toolkit, rather than an industrial-strength CA
    simulator.


    Getting the software

    The current version of cage is 1.1.3.

    The software is available in a tarball here:
    http://www.alcyone.com/software/cage/cage-latest.tar.gz.

    The official URL for this Web site is
    http://www.alcyone.com/software/cage/.


    License

    This code is released under the LGPL.

    ....

    Release history [since 1.1]

    - 1.1.3; 2003 Oct 5. Fix AsynchronousAutomaton updating method;
    add a chain reaction demo; changed license to LGPL.

    - 1.1.2; 2002 Nov 4. Workaround for reported crashes on some
    Linux systems in either curses or the Python curses glue layer.

    - 1.1.1; 2002 Jul 23. The Conway automaton inadvertently
    defaulted to "high life" instead of the standard rule.

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    Erik Max Francis, Oct 6, 2003
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