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Where is "Abaqus " located and how do I access it?

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The most recent version of Abaqus installed on our machines is 6.11. Note that this version is only available on the Linux systems. All versions of the Abaqus package are located in the directory /opt/abaqus.

Note that only the ABAQUS/Standard and ABAQUS/Explicit packages are installed on the HPCVL clusters. This is because these components are the "number crunching" elements of Abaqus, whereas the ABAQUS/CAE component is used interactively for pre- and post-processing. 

It is a good idea to include the directory /opt/abaqus/6.11/Commands in your PATH before using Abaqus:

export PATH=/opt/abaqus/6.11/Commands:$PATH (for bash)

If the directory was included in the PATH, the software is called by simply invoking "abaqus".

Alternatively, you can take advantage of theusepackagefacility on our cluster, and simply type

use abaqus

from the command prompt on the Linux workup node sw0010.

To use Abaqus on the HPCVL machines, you have to be covered by an academic Abaqus licenseoutsideof HPCVL, i.e. you have to be a "licensed University User of Abaqus". It is furthermore required that you read our licensing agreement, and sign a statement. Note that our license does count as a license for Queen's University. We will confirm your statement, and you will then be made a member of a Unix group"abaqus", which enables you to run the software. Contact us if you are in doubt of whether you will be able to run Abaqus on our system. We also will submit your name and affiliation to Abaqus Inc. for a check if a prior university license exists.

Our Abaqus license is "seat limited" and "process limited". The licensing scheme utilizes so-called "tokens". At present, there are 150 tokens available. A single-process run of Abaqus (Standard or Analysis) uses 5 tokens, multiple process-runs use more according to the formula:

Tokens = Int (5 * Processes^0.422)

To check how many license tokens are available, you can use the following command on the Solaris workup node sflogin0:

/opt/abaqus-6.5/License/lmstat -a -c /opt/abaqus-6.5/License/license.dat

which will tell you how many of the 150 tokens are presently in use.