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ANSYS (Application)


ANSYS Fluid Dynamics software can be used to simulate a wide range of 2d or 3d fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, turbulent, reacting, and multiphase flow problems. The software can be run interactively sharcnets visualization workstations or as batch jobs via the queue on designated sharcnet clusters.


Commencing January 1, 2009, there is no cost to use ANSYS on SHARCNET clusters or SHARCNET visualization workstations. The SHARCNET policy regarding commercial software can be found here.

ANSYS on Sharcnet may only be used by permitted users. Before attempting to use ANSYS each user must submit a ticket to the sharcnet web portal. To gain access to ansys 15.0.7 (or newer) request being added to the ansys group. To get access to ansys 14.0 request being added to the fluent group.

The SHARCNET license is for academic research and not commerical use. This means results obtained from use of this software on sharcnet should be considered publishable in the spirit of the license. Any non-publishable proprietary, private, commercial or contract work is strictly prohibited.

The 2014 license has been renewed. It provides 25 ansys research cfd and 256hpc seats for icemcfd, fluent and cfx. Note: The sharcnet apdl and workbench license (ie. the previous apdl, apdl-gui, runwb2 commands) was not renewed for 2014 due to low use throughout 2013 – however such functionality could be unlocked by any research group interested in paying for a license upgrade from ansys research cfd to ansys research. Submit a ticket if this is of interest and sharcnet will get a quote for the upgrade.

As of 10june2014 each user can run 4 simultaneous jobs using upto 48 hpc cores in total. Thus the following job combinations are possible when submitting jobs to the clusters: 1×52way or 2×28way or 3×20way or 4×16way.

Previous to 10Jun2014 each user could consume only 32 hpc cores simultaneously with the following job combinations: 1×36way job or 2×20way jobs or 2×16way+1x12way jobs or 4×12way jobs. Should ansys usage pick up again then the 32 hpc core limit may need to be reintroduced.

Availability Table

Version Default Module Systems
14.0 (cfx, fluent, cfx-gui, fluent-gui, icemcfd-gui) True kraken, orca, redfin, saw, vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, windeee
15.0.7 (cfx, fluent, cfx-gui, fluent-gui, icemcfd-gui, runwb2-gui) True kraken, orca, redfin, saw, vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, windeee
16.2.3 (cfx, fluent, cfx-gui, fluent-gui, icemcfd-gui, runwb2-gui) True orca, redfin, saw, vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, windeee, wobbie
17.0 (cfx, fluent, cfx-gui, fluent-gui, icemcfd-gui, runwb2-gui) True kraken, orca, redfin, saw, vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, windeee, wobbie


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o Apr 15, 2016: Ansys 16.2.3 including cfx and fluent is now installed on sharcnet. The ansys cfx/15.0.7 module is fixed on all systems. Please review the Documentation for detailed cluster specific instructions regarding how to sqsub cfx jobs, as these have changed.

Change Log

o Apr 11, 2016: Installed ansys/16.2.3 onto redfin, orca, saw, kraken, vdi-centos6.
o Nov 2, 2014: Added ansys/14.0 onto redfin for fluent use(cfx runs but maybe slow).
o Nov 2, 2014: Added ansys/14.0 to,, and then removed it from and .
o Oct 28, 2014: Ansys/14.0 is no longer available on viz2-uwo, viz4-uwo, viz4-uoguelph, viz6-uoguelph or viz3-uwaterloo. Use ansys/15.0.7 on vdi-centos6 for fluent-gui, cfx-gui or icemcfd.
o Oct 2, 2014: Installed new ansys/15.0.7 on hound, kraken, orca, redfin, saw and vdi-centos6. Removed ansys/14.0 modules from smaller memory workstations viz1-wlu, viz2-wlu, viz1-wlu, viz2-wlu, viz1-uwaterloo, viz2-uwaterloo and viz5-uoguelph.
o Nov 1, 2013: Ansys 14.0 cfx removed from saw.
o Feb 4, 2013: Ansys 13.0 removed from all sharcnet systems.
o Jan 24, 2012: Ansys 14.0 is available on viz2-uoguelph and viz6-uoguelph once again.
o Apr 09, 2012: Ansys 12.1.1 has been removed from all sharcnet clusters. A copy of 12.1.1 remains on tope for users with older simulations who may still need fluent-gui or icemcfd-gui.
o Jan 06, 2012: Reinstalled ansys on mako temporarily for cfx benchmark testing
o Dec 07, 2011: Removed 13.0 from mako due to software installation disk space constraints and additionally the mako queues have a 1hour run limit and the cluster is gige only.
o Oct 28, 2011: Removed ansys 12.1.1 from mako. The ansys/13.0 module loads by default.
o Oct 25, 2011: Install ansys 13.0 on tope and sharcnet viz stations. Removed ansys 12.1 from bramble, school noting that 13.0 will replace it soon. Removed ansys 12.1 and 13.0 from guppy to avoid fluent jobs being infinitely suspended by full cluster loading by contributor jobs.
o Sep 28, 2011: Removed ansys 12.1 and installed 13.0 on silky for cfx use only.
o Aug 25, 2011: Installed ansys 13.0 on sharcnet x86_64 based centos clusters.
o Jun 2, 2011: Installed 12.1.1 on all remaining sharcnet visualization workstations.
o May 20, 2011: Installed 12.1.1 on viz1/ workstations for testing.
o Mar 18, 2011: Removed from kraken, requin. Installed on angel, guppy, mako, orca.