VIP stands for Video Image Processing. The code reconsructs the plasma boundary using its higher brightness.

Details of the approach are given in "D.P. Kostomarov, A.A. Lukianitsa, F.S. Zaitsev, R.J. Akers, L.C. Appel, D. Taylor, V.V. Zlobin. Calculation of Plasma Boundary Using Video Images. 32th EPS Plasma Physics Conference. Tarragona, 2005. ECA Vol. 29C, P-1.092. " or "F.S. Zaitsev. Mathematical modelling of toroidal plasma evolution. - Moscow: MAX Press Publishing Co., 2005, 524 p. The Book"