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Application Details

  • Description : Produced by Siemens CD-adapco (Computational Dynamics-Analysis & Design Application Company Ltd), star-ccm+ is used for computer-aided engineering, in particular computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
  • Versions : 12.04.011, 12.06.011, 13.04.011, 13.06.011 and 14.02.012
  • Module names : starccm+/12.04.011, starccm+/12.06.011 and starccm+/13.04.011, starccm+/13.06.011 and starccm+/14.02.012 (and starccm+/14.02.012.R8)
  • License: University of Hull Engineering department, restricted by POD license.

Important information

  • Important: where possible it is recommended to use version 14.02.021 and 13.06.011, version 11/12 will be retired soon.
  • The SIM data processed should be the same version of the star-ccm+ application, there is a strong sensitivity in this program.
  • Multiple node processing will need the addition of the file in $HOME/.ssh/config (with StrictHostKeyChecking no)

Usage Examples

Batch Submission

#SBATCH --nodes=5
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=28

#SBATCH -D /home/<username>/TESTCASE/
#SBATCH -o DB.%N.%j.%a.out
#SBATCH -e DB.%N.%j.%a.err
#SBATCH -p compute
#SBATCH --exclusive


module purge
module load starccm+/14.02.012
module load openmpi/3.0.0/gcc-7.3.0

export I_MPI_DEBUG=5
export I_MPI_FABRICS=shm:tmi
export I_MPI_FALLBACK=no

srun hostname -s | sort | uniq -c | awk '{ print $2":"$1 }' > hosts

starccm+ -podkey <license_key> -licpath <license_path> -mpi platform -power -np $SLURM_NTASKS -machinefile hosts Fluid_Film_On_An_Incline_we_005_SF05_TESTING.sim -batch mesh,run
  • insert your license_key <license_key>.
  • insert the license_path ( at <license_path>.
  • <username> your login ID.

[username@login01 ~]$ sbatch starccm.job
Submitted batch job 289522


Although the recommended method as a batch session it is also possible to run this as an interactive session. While logged into a compute node (c143):

[username@login01]$ interactive
salloc: Granted job allocation 1114537
Job ID 614537 connecting to c143, please wait...
Last login: Wed Nov 19 09:40:23 2018 from

[username@c143 ~]$ module add starccm+/14.02.012
[username@c143 ~]$ module add openmpi/3.0.0/gcc-7.3.0
[username@c143 ~]$ srun hostname -s | sort | uniq -c | awk '{ print $2":"$1 }' > hostfile
[username@c143 ~]$ starccm+ -fabricverbose -power -podkey <pod-licence code here> -np 12 -machinefile hostfile -licpath 1999[at] testmesh.sim  -batch -batch-report
  • Note : [at] = @

Star-ccm server

Star-ccm+ can be used as a server within an interactive session on Viper. This would be very useful for graphics from big simulations.

  • Check SSH keys are been generated correct for this version SSH

Known Issues

  • It would appear that this application does not scale across multi nodes on versions 11 and 12, although version 13 does with the openMPI module also loaded.

Further information