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Bug#640809: ITP: gyoto -- General relativistic geodesic integration and ray-tracing

Package: wnpp
Owner: Thibaut Paumard <paumard@users.sourceforge.net>
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : gyoto
  Version         : 1.0 (coming soon)
  Upstream Author : Thibaut Paumard <paumard@users.sourceforge.net>,
                    Frederic Vincent at obspm fr
* URL             : http://gyoto.obspm.fr
* License         : GPL-3+
  Programming Lang: C++
  Description     : General relativistic geodesic integration and ray-tracing

Gyoto aims at providing a framework for computing orbits and  ray-traced
images in General relativity. It consists in a shared library
(libgyoto0/libgyoto0-dev), utility programs (in the gyoto package), and
a plug-in for the Yorick programing language (in yorick-gyoto). With it
you can basically:
 - compute the trajectory of a body in the vicinity of a compact object
(e.g. a black hole);
 - compute the image of an astronomical source (a star, an accretion
disk...) in the vicinity of a compact object (such images are affected
by strong gravitational lensing effects).

This source package would thus produce the following binary packages:

 libgyoto0:     relativistic geodesic integration and ray-tracing
 libgyoto0-dev: development files for libgyoto
 gyoto:         General relativistic ray-tracing
 yorick-gyoto:  General relativistic geodesic integration for the Yorick language
 gyoto-doc:     documentation for the Gyoto library

I am interested in maintaining this package because:

1- I am one of the primary upstream authors and I want Gyoto to be
actually usable and used;

2- there is no alternative in the Debian archive. Actually, Gyoto is the
first relativistic ray-tracer to be publicly available, not to mention
open source.

Best regards, Thibaut.

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