FDTD (Commercial)


Employing the industry-proven finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithm, FDTD Solutions empowers device and components designers to confront intense and unconventional optical design problems. Rapid prototyping and highly-accurate simulation reduce reliance upon costly experimental prototypes, leading to reduced product development costs and time-to-market.

Supported by Lumerical’s Focus on Emerging Technologies (FET) Program, Lumerical Solutions have been used by research groups at SHARCNET institutions including The University of Western Ontario, University of Guelph and McMaster University, etc.


Effective February 3, 2013 SHARCNET NO LONGER possesses the front end FDTD Solutions licence, but the licence for FDTD engines only. Users need to obtain their own front end licenses from Lumerical directly in order to perform pre- and post processing tasks.

Effective February 1, 2010 using SHARCNET’s license for the front end graphical interface on users’ desktop is no longer supported. Lumerical has changed its licensing policy such that client license only supports use of the lumerical front end application CAD (FDTD graphical interface) on SHARCNET’s hardware.

Sharcnet has 10 license seats on which allow ten simultaneous jobs to run. Each job can use an arbitrary number of processors when run in parallel. Before using fdtd one must submit a problem ticket or email to request joining the Lumerical group otherwise the software will not be accessible. Please check SHARCNET policy regarding commercial software for more details.

Availability Table

System Versions
dusky 8.19.1466, 8.7.3, 8.11.387


March 8 2018: The FDTD license server is currently being updated, jobs will fail until this is complete.

Change Log

  • Feb 13 2018: Installed fdtd/8.19.1466 on dusky, goblin, iqaluk, orca (installed mar1), vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, windeee and wobbie.
  • May 19 2015: Installed fdtd/8.11.387 on goblin, iqaluk, kraken, orca, redfin, saw, vdi-centos6, viz10-uwo, viz11-uwo, windeee and wobbie.
  • Mar 2, 2015: Installed fdtd/8.11.387 on hound for testing.
  • Dec 4, 2014: Removed fdtd/8.7.3 permanently from brown.
  • Aug 29, 2014: Removed lumerical/8.7.3 (replaced by fdtd/8.7.3) from brown, goblin, hound, iqaluk, kraken, orca, redfin, saw and wobbie, The lumerical group has been renamed fdtd.
  • Oct 16, 2014: Installed fdtd/8.7.3 (replacement module for lumerical/8.7.3) on vdi-centos6. Removed lumerical/8.7.3 from viz7-uwo, viz8-uwo, viz9-uwo, viz10-uwo and viz11-uwo.
  • Aug 27, 2014: Installed fdtd/8.7.3 (replacement module for lumerical/8.7.3) on brown, goblin, hound, iqaluk, kraken, orca, redfin, saw, wobbie, viz7-uwo, viz8-uwo, viz9-uwo. Removed lumerical/8.7.3 from viz1-uwaterloo, viz1-uwo, viz1-wlu, viz2-wlu, viz3-uwo, viz4-uoguelph, viz4-uwo, viz5-uwo, viz6-uwo and viz8-uwo. Installed lumerical/8.7.3 on viz7-uwo, viz8-uwo, viz9-uwo.
  • Jul 30, 2014: Removed lumerical/8.5.3 from all clusters and viz stations. Reinstalled lumerical/8.7.3 on goblin and several viz stations after being found missing.
  • Feb 21, 2014: Installed lumerical/8.7.3 on brown, goblin, hound, iqaluk, kraken, orca, redfin, saw, wobbie, viz1-uwo, viz2-uwo, viz3-uwo, viz4-uwo, viz5-uwo, viz6-uwo, viz8-uwo, viz1-wlu, viz2-wlu, viz1-uwaterloo and viz4-uoguelph.
  • Nov 20, 2013: Installed 8.5.3 on wobbie.
  • Jun 18, 2013: Installed 8.5.3 on viz2-uwo, viz4-uwo, viz5-uwo, viz6-uwo, viz8-uwo, viz1-uwaterloo, viz6-uoguelph for local license use.
  • Mar 5, 2013: Final release 8.5.3 installed on iqaluk, goblin, orca, saw, redfin, hound, tope, brown, guppy, mako, kraken and gulper. Release 6.5.3 removed from requin.
  • Feb 25, 2013: Release 8.5.3 installed for testing on goblin, tope and kraken.
  • Jan 24, 2012: Removbed version 7.5.2 then installed bugfix release 7.5.6.
  • Jun 13, 2011: Removed incompatible version 7.5.2 from requin rainbow left 6.5.5 installed.
  • June 1, 2011: Installed modularized version of Lumerical 7.5.2 on angel, brown, gulper, guppy, hound, kraken, mako, orca. The install on Goblin, requin and rainbow was done June 7.