McStas news items in 1998
(Dec. 2 1998) Web page updates
The component library documentation has been
updated so that it reflects the McStas v1.0 release (all test results are
still for an old pre-release version though).
A list of known bugs in McStas has been
added; you might want to check this if you experience strange problems.
McStas v1.01 BETA 1
A BETA release of McStas, version
1.01 BETA 1, has been made available. This fixes some problems that have
come up since the first release (v1.0). The main change is the addition
of support for 32-bit Windows operating systems.
You do not need to upgrade unless you experience some of the
problems that are addressed by this release.
A mailing list for the
discussion of Monte Carlo simulation of neutron scattering has been set
up. The list is archived, and it is possible to search old messages.
Windows version of McStas
McStas has been successfully compiled and run on Windows (32 bit only).
It has not yet been fully tested. The .exe
file is available for download. To make it possible for the McStas compiler
to find the components, the component files (*.comp) must be placed
C:\mcstas\lib, or the MCSTAS environment variable
must be set to the name of the directory containing the files.
MC workshop at Risø
workshop at Risø was very successfull in bringing together researchers
doing simulation of neutron scattering instruments. Manuals and CD-roms
of McStas were handed out to the participants.
The American draft standard for writing
components which was mentioned on the workshop has been made available.
Update: A nice color cover for the McStas CD-rom is now available, in
postscript (.ps, 2.27 Mb) and compressed
postscript (.ps.gz, 226 Kb) formats.
McStas v1.0 released
Version 1.0 has been released. Go to the download
page to obtain it.
Kristian Nielsen /Sept 27, 1999.