Autodyn, by default, runs in interactive mode, with the graphics window and interface displayed. If desired, you may also run Autodyn in batch mode where no graphics interface is shown. You may experience an increase in speed since the graphics do not need to be generated or refreshed. Also, by running Autodyn in batch mode it is possible to stack jobs to run consecutively while your PC is unattended (for example, overnight).
Autodyn can be executed from the operating system command line and accepts a number of command line arguments. The following command can be used to run Autodyn from the command line:
installation path>\v162\aisol\AUTODYN\Winx64\AUTODYNWRAPPER.exe -noinput
The following table describes the command line arguments that can be used to control Autodyn file operations and execution behavior at start-up.
the Autodyn GUI in order to create\execute models manually. In order
to run a parallel simulation using the GUI, the -noinput option should
be used in combination with the -mpi and -slaves options described
below. This option is not relevant when used in combination with
When running in batch mode, the model will run without beta options by default. Specifying this option will enable the model to run with beta features on.
If either of the -slaves or -machines options are used
Batch (Distributed Parallel)
|Batch (Parallel – Microsoft HPC)|
Putting a file named endbat.dat in either the configuration folder or data folder will cause a simulation to stop at the end of the current cycle. Once stopped, Autodyn will delete the endbat.dat file.
Putting a file named savenow.dat in either the configuration folder or data folder will force the simulation to write a restart file at the end of the current cycle. Once the restart file has been written out, Autodyn will delete the savenow.dat file and it must be re-created to write out a new restart file.
An example batch file below shows how to stop a job that is running in batch mode.
REM write out endbat.dat in data directory cd /D "D:\Analysis Data" echo null>endbat.dat
Autodyn will use the user temporary folder for temporary files
and log file creation. This folder must have read/write permission
for the user. The location of the folder for Windows 7 systems is C:\Users\