ANSYS Fluent is a powerful computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software tool. Fluent includes well-validated physical modeling capabilities to deliver fast, accurate results across the widest range of CFD and multiphysics applications. - Homepage: http://www.ansys.com/Products/Fluids/ANSYS-Fluent
ANSYS is open to all HPRC users when used within the terms of our license agreement.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THE ANSYS LICENSE:
Terms of the ANSYS Academic license require that all users be within 50 miles of the TAMU main campus in College Station, TX. Use of this software outside the designated area represents a breach of the license and any users caught doing so may be subject to account suspension and/or other action.
If you have particular concerns about whether specific usage falls within the TAMU HPRC license, please send an email to the HPRC Helpdesk. Usage of ANSYS is restricted by the number of available tokens. To see the number of available tokens, use the License Checker Tool.
Loading the Module
To see all versions of ANSYS available on Ada:
[NetID@cluster ~]$ module spider ANSYS
To load a particular version of ANSYS on Ada (Example: 17.1):
[NetID@cluster ~]$ module load ANSYS/17.1
There is a known issue when using the Ansys GUI for any version of Ansys. The Geometry Editor in the Ansys Workbench will not run properly without also loading an NVIDIA module.
To bypass this bug, load the OpenGL/NVIDIA module before running the Ansys Workbench:
[ netID@cluster ~]$ module load OpenGL/NVIDIA
Usage on the Login Nodes
Please limit interactive processing to short, non-intensive usage. Use non-interactive batch jobs for resource-intensive and/or multiple-core processing. Users are requested to be responsible and courteous to other users when using software on the login nodes.
The most important processing limits here are:
- ONE HOUR of PROCESSING TIME per login session.
- EIGHT CORES per login session on the same node or (cumulatively) across all login nodes.
Anyone found violating the processing limits will have their processes killed without warning. Repeated violation of these limits will result in account suspension.
Note: Your login session will disconnect after one hour of inactivity.
Usage on the Compute Nodes
Non-interactive batch jobs on the compute nodes allows for resource-demanding processing. Non-interactive jobs have higher limits on the number of cores, amount of memory, and runtime length.
For instructions on how to create and submit a batch job, please see the appropriate wiki page for each respective cluster:
Below is an example job script for running Fluent in parallel with 40 cores as a batch job.
#BSUB -J FluentJob1 # sets the job name to FluentJob1. #BSUB -L /bin/bash # uses the bash login shell to initialize the job's execution environment. #BSUB -W 5:00 # sets to 5 hours the job's runtime wall-clock limit. #BSUB -n 40 # assigns 40 cores for execution. #BSUB -R "span[ptile=20]" # assigns 20 cores per node. #BSUB -R "rusage[mem=2000]" # reserves 2000MB per process/CPU for the job (2GB * 20 Cores = 40GB per node) #BSUB -M 2000 # sets to 2,000MB (~2GB) the per process enforceable memory limit. #BSUB -o stdout1.%J # directs the job's standard output to stdout1.jobid ## Load the necessary modules module load ANSYS ## Launch fluent with proper parameters fluent 3d -g -t40 < inputfile
The inputfile would contain a list of text commands for running Fluent inside the job script.
To submit the batch job, run:
[NetID@ada1 ~]$ bsub < jobscript
#!/bin/bash ## ENVIRONMENT SETTINGS; CHANGE WITH CAUTION #SBATCH --export=NONE # Do not propagate environment #SBATCH --get-user-env=L # Replicate login environment ## NECESSARY JOB SPECIFICATIONS #SBATCH --job-name=fluent # Set the job name to "fluent" #SBATCH --time=2:00:00 # Set the wall clock limit to 2hr #SBATCH --ntasks=56 # Request 56 tasks #SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=28 # Request 28 task per node #SBATCH --mem=20G # Request 20GB per node #SBATCH --output=fluent.%j # Send stdout/err to "fluent.[jobID]" ## Load the necessary modules module load ANSYS/18.0 # the fluent_slurm script will set some parameters for using Fluent correctly on Terra fluent_slurm 3d -i inp
On Terra, to submit a batch job, run:
[NetID@terra1 ~]$ sbatch jobscript
Usage on the VNC Nodes
The VNC nodes allow for usage of the a graphical user interface (GUI) without disrupting other users.
VNC jobs and GUI usage do come with restrictions. All VNC jobs are limited to a single node (Terra: 28 cores/64GB). There are fewer VNC nodes than comparable compute nodes.
For more information, including instructions, on using software on the VNC nodes, please visit our Terra Remote Visualization page.