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Enabling PyTorch3D on Windows and Optimizing Miniconda for Slicer Extensions

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Project Description

This project focuses on enhancing compatibility and usability in two key areas. Firstly, we aim to enable the use of PyTorch3D on the Windows platform. By leveraging the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2) and a virtual Miniconda environment, we intend to bypass the traditional limitations and provide Windows users with full access to PyTorch3D’s capabilities. Secondly, the project seeks to improve the integration of Miniconda with Slicer extensions. Our goal is to simplify the process of creating and managing virtual environments for Slicer extensions, thereby making the procedure more intuitive. This will not only ease the use of various analytical tools and libraries but also streamline the setup process within WSL, especially for tools incompatible with Windows. This approach aims to bridge the gap in functionality and user experience across different platforms.


Our project aims to achieve two primary objectives:

Operationalizing PyTorch3D on Windows: The first goal is to make PyTorch3D, typically unsupported on the Windows platform, fully functional. We plan to employ the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2) combined with a virtual Miniconda environment to overcome this limitation. This strategy is designed to provide Windows users with complete access to the extensive functionalities of PyTorch3D.

Improving Miniconda Integration for Slicer Extensions: Our second objective is to enhance the use of Miniconda as a virtual environment manager specifically for Slicer extensions. We aim to streamline the process of creating and managing new virtual environments that are utilized by Slicer extensions, making the procedure more intuitive and user-friendly. This advancement will facilitate the use of specialized libraries required for a variety of analytical tools, which are currently not integrable directly into Slicer. Additionally, this approach will assist in the setup of Miniconda3 and the creation of new environments within WSL, particularly for tools that are not available on Windows.

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