Easy assignment to (vector) real functions in a way that is robust w.r.t. renumbering and in parallel

Registered by Martin Sandve Aln├Žs

We need a simple interface for assigning to constants and Real functions. Suggestions:

R = FunctionSpace(mesh, "Real", 0)
f = Function(R)
f.assign_constant(1.23)

RV = VectorFunctionSpace(mesh, "Real", 0, dim=4)
v = Function(RV)
v.assign_constant([1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0])
v.assign_constant(numpy.array([1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0]))

c = Constant(0.0)
c.assign_constant(1.23)

w = Constant((0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0))
w.assign_constant([1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0])
w.assign_constant(numpy.array([1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0]))

This interface must work in parallell, and be robust w.r.t. dof renumbering in the vector valued case.

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