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nightly forceatlas2

fast force-directed generic n-dimension graph layout

12 releases (6 breaking)

0.7.0 May 2, 2024
0.6.1 Mar 22, 2024
0.5.0 Jun 23, 2023
0.4.1 Apr 30, 2023
0.1.0 Apr 3, 2021

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ForceAtlas2 Rust

Implementation of ForceAtlas2 – force-directed Continuous Graph Layout Algorithm for Handy Network Visualization (i.e. position the nodes of a n-dimension graph for drawing it more human-readably)

Example graph spacialized with ForceAtlas2-rs


Install Rustup and switch to nightly:

rustup toolchain install nightly && rustup default nightly

Clone repository:

git clone https://framagit.org/ZettaScript/forceatlas2-rs && cd forceatlas2-rs

The file examples/wot.csv lists the edges of a directed graph, in two columns.

GTK viewer

Interactive viewer. You need GTK installed.

cargo run --release -p viz -- examples/wot.csv


There is a binding for use in Python, fa2rs.


Previous versions of this crate were using hand-written AVX2 code to speed up repulsion by 16. It was however still O(N^2). Now the only implementation of repulsion uses the Barnes-Hut algorithm (quadtree/octree, O(NlogN)), which makes any kind of parallelization harder (SIMD, multithreading, GPU). Some research papers describe ways to parallelize quadtree building or even to implement it using SIMD or GPU.


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GNU AGPL v3, CopyLeft 2020-2024 Pascal Engélibert (why copyleft?)

Implementation details inspired by:

The ForceAtlas2 paper was released under CC BY, Copyright 2014 Jacomy et al.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, version 3 of the License.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.


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