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ABAQUS (Commercial)

Introduction

Simulation solutions including the Abaqus product suite for Unified Finite Element Analysis, multiphysics solutions for insight into challenging engineering problems, and lifecycle management solutions for managing simulation data, processes, and intellectual property.

This software is presently operating under and evaluation demo license with a single seat and is therefore not available for general use. If your group would like to use Abaqus it will be necessary to purchase an academic license for use on the sharcnet license server (which incidentaly appears very reasonably priced considering the capabilities of this package). If this interests your research group then please submit a problem ticket and reference this software page.

Licensing

Jan-2019: Part1) The sharcnet Abaqus license has been renewed until 17-jan-2020. Users and/or the PIs are going to be required to sign an academic license agreement this year to confirm there will be no commercial use of the software. Previous users will be emailed soon to request signing the agreement. New users will need to submit a ticket to Compute Canada to request to sign the agreement before being permitted to use the license. Research groups from ANY Compute Canada institution can use the license on any Sharcnet hardware including Graham. Part2) Research groups can purchase additional licenses to add to the existing license pool for preferential/priority access. If this of interest send an email to doug@sharcnet.ca and indicate the number of tokens you require or indicate the maximum cores/jobs needed for simultaneous computing. Sharcnet covers the entire base license but provides very few free tokens, adding additional tokens is relatively cheap.

Jan-2018: Once again 2 CAE seats and 21 standard abaqus execute compute license tokens are FREELY available (on a first come first serve basis) for use on any sharcnet machine. Researchers located at Western have the option of using the Western site license for running jobs on sharcnet machines located at Western with special arrangement. Details for configuring abaqus to connect to either the sharcnet or western license are provided in the Documentation wiki link below.

Research groups can purchase dedicated tokens to be hosted on the Sharcnet Abaqus Academic Researach license server. The approximate 2018 cost is $100 per compute token plus $360 per user gui seat plus applicable taxes. Sharcnet covers the base license cost which is non-trivial. Submit a problem ticket if this is of interest, sharcnet will then contact the company and handle all details of purchasing the license you want, following this the PI will be invoiced.

The abaqusstat command maybe used to check how many tokens are in use as described in the Documentation (click link below). New abaqus users must submit a problem ticket to request joining the abaqus group otherwise the software will not be accessible.

To give everyone a chance running Abaqus on sharcnet for free, the license server limits research groups to 15 of 16 abaqus tokens and each researcher to 10 of 16 tokens; by November the license server research group limit will be adjusted to 15 of 21 free abaqus tokens while the researcher limit will be 10 of 21 free tokens. WARNING: If the required tokens are not available when a job starts, the job must be manually killed then resubmitted to the queue otherwise it will sit idle until the specified maximum job -r runtime is reached.

Availability Table

System Versions
goblin 6.13.3, 2019, 6.14.2
vdi-centos6 6.13.3, 6.14.2
dusky 6.13.3, 2019, 6.14.2
gra-vdi 2019

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Announcements

o Jan 18, 2019: The sharcnet license renewal has been renewed until 17-jan-2020 and license server restarted with the new keys. Any jobs that were still running at jan18 midnight were killed and need to be resubmitted.

o Jan 7, 2019: The annual renewal process of the free abaqus license seats expiring Jan 17, 2019 is underway and handled by Sharcnet. When it is complete another message will be posted here. In the meantime please ignore anylicense expiration countdown messages appearing in the output files. Users and/or the PIs are going to be required to sign an academic license agreement this year to confirm there will be no commercial use of the software, further details will be provided directly by email. Research groups can purchase additional licenses to add to the existing license pool for preferential/priority access. If this of interest send an email to doug@sharcnet.ca and indicate the number of tokens you require or indicate the maximum cores/jobs needed for simultaneous computing. Sharcnet covers the entire base license but provides very few free tokens, adding additional tokens is relatively cheap.

o Aug 27, 2018: Western researchers located on western campus have the option of using either A) the sharcnet license by doing: module load abaqus/6.14.2 which currently provides 16 free licenses or B) using the western consolidated license by doing: module load abaqus.6.14.2-uwo which currently provides 20 free licenses.

o Apr 11, 2018: The number of free for use tokens has been restored to 21 tokens.

o Feb 2, 2018: For the month of february only 40-19-9=12 tokens (instead of the usual 21 tokens) will be freely available. This will be enough to support running 2 CAE single cpu sessions on vdi-centos6 (10 tokens total) OR a 1 CAE single cpu job on vdi-centos6 (11 tokens total) OR 2 cpu compute jobs in a sharcnet cluster queue (12 tokens total) OR a single 8cpu job (12 tokens total). The relationship between tokens and cpus is give by this table:

CPUS   1   2  4   8  12  16  24  32  64  128
TOKENS 5   6  8  12  14  16  19  21  28   38

o Jan 31, 2018: The sharcnet license is in the process of being renewed, and should be usable again by Feb 2.

o Oct 12, 2017 Abaqus 6.14.2 has been fixed for running threaded jobs in the goblin, dusky and orca queues. Mpi jobs no longer work and may not be fixed until the next version of Abaqus is installed.

o Feb 6, 2017: Coming soon on Sharcnet Abaqus 2017

o Jan 5, 2017: License renewed and in place for 2017 including additional free tokens for running compute jobs in cluster queues and one free cae for graphical use on vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo or viz11-uwo. Dedicated tokens maybe purchased through sharcnet any time by opening a ticket.

Change Log

o June 5, 2019: Installed abaqus/2019-sn and abaqus/2019-uwo on goblin.
o March 26, 2019: Installed abaqus/2019-sn and abaqus/2019-uwo on dusky. Installed abaqus/2019-sn on gra-vdi.
o Feb 23, 2017: Installed abaqus/6.14.2 on dusky.
o Jan 5, 2017: Installed abaqus/6.14.2 on vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, goblin, saw and orca.
o Oct 10, 2014: Installed abaqus/6.13.3 on vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, goblin, saw and orca. Removed abaqus/6.13.3 from viz4-uoguelph, viz6-uoguelph and viz8-uwo.
o Mar 6, 2014: Removed sharcnet module abaqus/6.11-2 from goblin and viz8-uwo.
o Jan 28, 2014: Removed abaqus/6.11-2 from viz1-uwo, viz2-uwo, viz3-uwo, viz4-uwo, viz5-uwo and viz6-uwo. Then installed abaqus/6.13.3 on viz4-uoguelph, viz6-uoguelph and viz8-uwo.
o Jan 5, 2012: Installed version 6.11-2 on tope and hound.
o Oct 5, 2012: Moved 6.11-2 base install to UWO systems including viz[1-11]-sharcnet and goblin cluster. Abaqus is no longer available on tope, hound or viz1-wlu or viz2-wlu workstations.