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ANSYS ICEM CFD software supports a wide range of direct CAD interfaces and geometry readers, including faceted geometry and mesh readers. Components from different formats can easily be combined within one meshing session. The flexible mesh generation tools offer the capability to parametrically create volume or surface meshes from geometry or mesh in multi-block structured, unstructured hexahedral, Cartesian, tetrahedral, tetra/prism hybrid, hexa hybrid and unstructured quad/tri shell formats. - Homepage: http://ansys.com/


ANSYS ICEM CFD is open to all HPRC users when used within the terms of our ANSYS license agreement.


   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 ICEM CFD 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

Known Issues

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

There is a known issue with all Ansys versions on Terra that requires unsetting a Slurm environment variable. To prevent this error, please make sure to have the following line in your job script before the launch command.


The same error occurs when using the Ansys GUI in a VNC job on Terra. To prevent this error, please use the following command in your VNC job:

[ netID@terra ~]$ unset SLURM_GTIDS

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:

Ada Example

Example 1: A serial (single core) ICEM CFD Job example:

#BSUB -J ICEMJob1	     # sets the job name to ICEMJob1.
#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 1                   # assigns 1 core for execution.
#BSUB -R "span[ptile=1]"     # assigns 1 core per node.
#BSUB -R "rusage[mem=5000]"  # reserves ~5GB per process/CPU for the job 
#BSUB -M 5000		     # sets to ~5GB the per process enforceable memory limit.
#BSUB -o stdout1.%J          # directs the job's standard output to stdout1.jobid 

## Load the necessary modules
module purge
module load ANSYS/17.1

## Launch the solver with proper parameters
icemcfd -batch inputfile

To submit the batch job, run: (where jobscript is a file that looks like one of the above examples)

[ NetID@ada1 ~]$ bsub < jobscript

Terra Example

Example 1: A serial (single core) ICEM CFD Job example: (Last updated March 24, 2017)

#SBATCH --export=NONE
#SBATCH --get-user-env=L

#SBATCH --job-name=ICEMJob      # Sets the job name to ICEMJob
#SBATCH --time=5:00:00          # Sets the runtime limit to 5 hr
#SBATCH --ntasks=1              # Requests 1 core
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=1     # Requests 1 core per node (1 node)
#SBATCH --mem=5G                # Requests 5GB of memory per node
#SBATCH --output=stdout1.o%J    # Sends stdout and stderr to stdout1.o[jobID]

## Load the necessary modules
module purge
module load ANSYS/18.0

## Known error fix

## Launch the solver with proper parameters
icemcfd -batch inputfile 

To submit the batch job, run: (where jobscript is a file that looks like one of the above examples)

[ NetID@terra ~]$ 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 (20 cores, 64GB or 256GB). There are fewer VNC nodes than comparable compute nodes.

For more information, including instructions, on using software on the VNC nodes, please visit our Ada Remote Visualization page.