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Revision as of 01:46, 28 August 2020

The STAR-CCM+ engineering simulation tool is installed on the CC software stack.

Getting a license

Licenses are provided by Siemens.

You will need to create a $HOME/.licenses/starccm.lic file with following contents:

SERVER 127.0.0.1 ANY 1999
USE_SERVER

and establish the ssh tunnel to the server at Siemens as shown in the submission script template further below. Also be sure to define the license env vars prior to loading the modules.

Running using the CC installation

STAR-CCM+ 12.04.011

STAR-CCM+ is only available on the CC software stack. On Niagara you must run the following module commands:

module load CCEnv
module load StdEnv
module load starccm/12.04.011-R8

Setting up your .star-12.04.011 directory

STAR-CCM+ version 12.04.011 will attempt to write to your $HOME/.star-12.04.011 directory. This will work when you are testing your workflow on the login nodes, because they can write to $HOME. However, recall that the compute nodes cannot write to the /home filesystem. If you attempt to run STAR-CCM+ from a compute node using the default configuration, it will fail because STAR-CCM+ cannot write to $HOME/.star-12.04.011.

The solution is to create an alternative directory called $SCRATCH/.star-12.04.011, and create a soft link from $SCRATCH/.star-12.04.011 to $HOME/.star-12.04.011:

mkdir $SCRATCH/.star-12.04.011
ln -s $SCRATCH/.star-12.04.011 $HOME/.star-12.04.011

This will fool Ansys into thinking it is writing to $HOME/.star-12.04.011, when in fact it is writing to $SCRATCH/.star-12.04.011. This command only needs to be run once, though it needs to be run for each version of STAR-CCM+ you run.

Running STAR-CCM+

Example submission script for a job running on 1 node, with max walltime of 4 hours:

#!/bin/bash
#SBATCH --nodes=1
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=1
#SBATCH --cpus-per-task=40
#SBATCH --time=4:00:00
#SBATCH --job-name test

# DIRECTORY TO RUN - $SLURM_SUBMIT_DIR is directory job was submitted from
cd $SLURM_SUBMIT_DIR

# Setup the license server first, prior to loading the modules:
ssh nia-gw -L 1999:flex.cd-adapco.com:1999 -L 2099:flex.cd-adapco.com:2099 -N -f

export LM_PROJECT='XXXX'    # your license information
export CDLMD_LICENSE_FILE="1999@localhost"

# Load the modules and take note of the STAR-CCM+ selected
module load CCEnv
module load StdEnv
module load starccm/12.04.011-R8

# NOTE: make sure the STAR-CCM+ Ansys directory for the selected version exists prior 
# to submitting the script. See notes above, in particular if/when you change versions.

slurm_hl2hl.py --format STAR-CCM+ > machinefile

NCORE=$((SLURM_NTASKS * SLURM_CPUS_PER_TASK))

starccm+ -power -np $NCORE -podkey $LM_PROJECT -licpath $CDLMD_LICENSE_FILE -machinefile $SLURM_SUBMIT_DIR/machinefile -batch /path/to/your/simulation/file >> logfile.log