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Octopus

Octopus is a plug-in for applying evolutionary principles to parametric design and problem solving. It allows the search for many goals at once, producing a range of optimized trade-off solutions between the extremes of each goal.

Also see octopus.E for custom evolutionary algorithms.

 

Download the latest version on food4rhino

It is part of a range of tools developed at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers.

 

  • search for single goal + diversity of solutions
  • search for best trade offs between 2 to X goals
  • improve solutions by similarity-goals
  • choose preferred solutions during a search
  • change objectives during a search
  • solutions' 3d models for visual feedback
  • recorded history
  • save all search data within the Grasshopper document
  • save a solution as a Grasshopper State
  • export to text or text files


Octopus introduces multiple fitness values to the optimization. The best trade-offs between those objectives are searched, producing a set of possible optimum solutions that ideally reach from one extreme trade-off to the other.

Based on SPEA-2 and HypE from ETH Zürich and David Rutten's Galapagos User Interface. Developed by Robert Vierlinger in cooperation with Christoph Zimmel, karamba3d.com and Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers.

 

To install:

  • Copy the .gha and .dll file into the Grasshopper components folder 
  • Right-click the file > Properties > make sure there is no "blocked" text
  • Restart Rhino and Grasshopper

 

Some examples are provided here

New commented examples and a brief manual are provided in the download of octopus on food4rhino.

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Discussion Forum

Spot the mistake(s)

Hi all,I'm trying to run the attached optimisation, but can't get Octopus to begin to update the sliders in my gene pool. What am I doing wrong?The logic (also explained in the notes in the…Continue

Started by Magnus Larsson Sep 20.

Generation result octopus

I try to running octopus, and then the result for each generation doesn’t show the different. I think because before running octopus, i’m running diva grasshopper and show the result for sDA and…Continue

Started by Deasty Kusuma Dewi Aug 21.

Missing Hypervolume Graph 3 Replies

Hi all,I'm running Octopus 0.3.6 on GH 0.9.0076 but am unable to see the Hypervolume graph even after several generations. I have tried the running the example files provided in the installation…Continue

Started by Alex Cligman. Last reply by Alex Cligman Aug 18.

Why can't I see the Hypervolume graph? And how can I connect the paroto front into a 3D mesh? 1 Reply

Hello, everyone, I am using Octopus these days. But I have met 2 problems, Can anyone help me solve these?1. I cannot see the Hypervolume graph in the left of Octopus interface as shown below, I…Continue

Tags: front, paroto, graph, Hypervolume

Started by anxiao zhang. Last reply by anxiao zhang Aug 18.

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Comment by Andrew Chase on October 9, 2018 at 14:19
hi,

I have Rhino 6 and grasshopper 1.0.0007 I am trying to load Octopus, but for some reason it isn't loading nor is it relating to the HelixToolkit.Wpf.dll file. I have restarted grasshopper and my computer repeatedly, still nothing. However, I have the octopus component In the folder, and I can place the component and it isn't recognizing. 

pls help 
Comment by Mateusz Mazurek on September 23, 2018 at 14:03

@Alex Cligman 

It works in Rhino6

I have a question - can we edit the scale of the axes somewhere? 

I have one result in the range of 100-200 and another 1000-1200, I want the axes to have 1:1 relation starting from 0. How can I do that?

Comment by Alex Cligman on August 27, 2018 at 8:20

Can anyone confirm if octopus is wokring on rhino 6? Hesistant to upgrade!

Comment by Alvaro Rodriguez Garcia on May 7, 2018 at 5:26
Hello, I have 2 questions:
1. What is the maximum amount of objectives that octopus can handle and how are they represented ( since it only has 3 axis)
2. Is there an available example of using octopus together with Design explorer?

Thank you so much !
Comment by Robert Vier on February 9, 2016 at 5:09

Hi Aymeric,

sorry for the inconvenience. It seems to be a problem with the HelixViewport. do you see any messages in the Rhino Command Prompt Window when running your setup and octopus?

You could also try to place the latest version of helixtoolkitwpf.dll from the helixtoolkit in the libraries folder..! HelixToolkit.Wpf.dll

And if you would not mind, please post questions like this into the discussion forum next time!

Best

Robert

Comment by Aymeric on February 9, 2016 at 4:26

Hi guys,

I've just installed Octopus 0.3.6. (Unlock the files and copy/paste in the Component folder...)

Unfortunately, I can't see the axes of the viewport neither the view cube when I open the Octopus window. The Solver seems to run  but I don't get any visualization of the fitness landscape. I have tried with another computer and everything looks fine. Does anyone of you have already experienced such a case? How could I solve this problem for computer 1?

Here attached image on computer 1 followed by image on computer 2.

Thanks for any idea!

Best regards,

Aymeric

Comment by Andy Chen on August 10, 2015 at 20:21

Hi guys,i just start to use octopus,and i want to know how it works.Where can i find the essay or articals?Thanks a lot!

Comment by Hairault on July 10, 2015 at 3:23

Hi Octopus users,

I've been using Octopus in several problems, trying to test many possibilities, and I end up with many GH files exceeding 200 Mo, which are hard to manipulate.

Is there any mean to compress/reduce gh files size ?

Is there any technique to store the data out of octopus and re-load it if needed ?

For the moment, I am deleting genetical history I don't need, and deleting outer solutions. I also reduced the population size when the big population is diverse enough, of course trying to maintain diversity. But I don't think I will get a good set of solutions in the end.

Thanks for any clue, any help, any direction toward which I should seek !

Gaëtan

Comment by Robert Vier on June 6, 2015 at 5:31

A WIP-version of the looping component used in octopus.E is now available as an explicit loop, with the same functions as Anemone, a bit less well to use but much faster [up to 1000 times due to internal calculation]:

http://www.food4rhino.com/project/octopusloop

Comment by Israa El-Maghraby on April 15, 2015 at 1:16

Hello Robert Vier, hope you are doing great 

I have a little serious problem, my optimization collapsed at the11th generation, where it should continue till 15 generation. The octopus saved my last 10 generations "no problem about that" but corrupted my 11th, any way I can start from generation 10 and re continue my optimization process , THANKS IN A MILLION

 

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