FEniCS Project

FEniCS Project
Stable release 2016.1.0 (June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23)) [±]
Development status Active
Operating system Linux, OS X, Unix, Windows
Available in C++, Python
Type Scientific simulation software
License GNU Lesser General Public License
Website www.fenicsproject.org

The FEniCS Project is a collection of free, open source, software components with the common goal to enable automated solution of differential equations. The components provide scientific computing tools for working with computational meshes, finite element variational formulations of ordinary and partial differential equations, and numerical linear algebra.[1][2]

Design and components

The FEniCS Project is designed as an umbrella project for a collection of interoperable components. The core components are[3]

A schematic overview of the FEniCS components and their interplay

DOLFIN functions as the main problem solving environment and user interface. Its functionality integrates the other FEniCS components and handles communication with external libraries such as PETSc, Trilinos and Eigen for numerical linear algebra, ParMETIS and SCOTCH for mesh partitioning, and MPI and OpenMP for distributed computing.


The FEniCS Project was initiated in 2003 as a research collaboration between the University of Chicago and Chalmers University of Technology. The following institutions are currently, or have been, actively involved in the development of the project

See also


  1. "The FEniCS Project page". The FEniCS Project. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. Anders Logg; Kent-Andre Mardal; Garth N. Wells, eds. (2011). Automated Solution of Differential Equations by the Finite Element Method. Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-23098-1.
  3. "Core components of the FEniCS Project". The FEniCS Project. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  4. 1 2 FEniCS Governance documents. Retrieved 28 July 2016.

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