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Much more than just a CFD solver, STAR-CCM+ is an entire engineering process for solving problems involving flow (of fluids or solids), heat transfer and stress.


STAR-CCM+ is available ONLY for HPRC users at the Texas A&M College Station and Galveston campuses. Our license does NOT permit use of STAR-CCM+ by any HPRC users from the TAMU Qatar branch campus.

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 STAR-CCM+ 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 STAR-CCM+ available on Ada:

[NetID@cluster ~]$ module spider STAR-CCM+

To load a particular version of STAR-CCM+ on Ada (Example: 14.02.012):

[NetID@cluster ~]$ module load STAR-CCM+/14.02.012

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:

Recommendations for Parallel Processing

A general good rule to follow is to not have fewer than 50,000 cells per core when parallel processing. The reason for this is when fewer than 50,000 cells per core are used, the computational time decrease does not scale linearly. The most efficient computing time in terms of linear scaling occur with 50,000 cells per core or more.

Ada Example Job Script

NOTE: Job examples are NOT lists of commands, but are a template of the contents of a job file. These examples should be pasted into a text editor and submitted as a job to be tested, not entered as commands line by line.

Updated: May 14, 2019

#BSUB -J StarJob             # sets the job name to StarJob.
#BSUB -L /bin/bash           # uses the bash login shell to initialize the job's execution environment.
#BSUB -W 2:00                # sets to 2 hours the job's runtime wall-clock limit.
#BSUB -n 40                  # assigns 40 core for execution.
#BSUB -R "span[ptile=20]"    # assigns 20 core per node.
#BSUB -R "rusage[mem=5000]"  # reserves 5000MB per process/CPU for the job (5GB * 1 Core = 5GB per node) 
#BSUB -M 5000		     # sets to 5,000MB (~5GB) the per process enforceable memory limit.
#BSUB -o StarCCM.%J          # directs the job's standard output to StarCCM.jobid

# Load the modules
module load STAR-CCM+/14.02.012

# Launch STAR-CCM+ with proper parameters 
starccm+ -np 40 -batchsystem lsf -rsh blaunch -batch simfile -machinefile $LSB_DJOB_HOSTFILE

To submit the batch job, run:

[NetID@ada1 ~]$ bsub < jobscript

Terra Example

Updated: May 14, 2019

Note:A script (starccm_wrapper) is provided to use the correct settings for running STAR-CCM+ in a batch job on Terra.

#SBATCH --export=NONE           # Do not propagate environment
#SBATCH --get-user-env=L        # Replicate login environment

#SBATCH --job-name=starccm      # set job name to starccm
#SBATCH --time=1:30:00          # set time to 1.5 hours
#SBATCH --ntasks=56             # assign 56 total cores
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=28    # assign 28 cores per node
#SBATCH --mem=28G               # request 28 GB of memory per node.
#SBATCH --output=starccm.out.%j # set output file to starccm.out.$SLURM_JOB_ID

ml STAR-CCM+/14.02.012
starccm_wrapper -batch simfile

To submit the 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 (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.