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Installing Abaqus, Isight, Tosca, fe-safe 2017 to run off the Central License Server

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Requirements

You must be on the network during installation, as well as later when you use the software. If you're on campus and using wireless, you must be on the MIT SECURE network. If you're off-campus, you need to be running the VPN.

You must launch Abaqus from a writable folder and/or launch it as a user with administrative privileges. Otherwise, you will receive an error referring to:

IOError ... Permission denied...

This installation procedure is only authorized for MIT student/faculty/staff users. It requires a 64 bit operating system (Windows or Linux). See these pages for more details. You will need a recent Java plugin installed in your browser to search the documentation. Please note that many current browsers no longer support Java plugins; you may need to go to some effort to find one that is compatible.

Note:

  • You will not need to register with the vendor or download anything from their web site.
  • You will not need to update the annual license file, this is handled on the server.

Installation

The 2017 release embodies a unified installer for Abaqus, Isight, Tosca and fe-safe. We no longer have separate installers and installation instructions for the different components. Please do not attempt to install the license server, it won't work and is irrelevant to end-users.

When you get to the part of the installation where the documentation is installed, you can either select the enter a file path for locally installed documentation option, or use the central documentation web server. The entry point is http://abaqus-docs.mit.edu/2017/English/DSSIMULIA_Established.htm.

It is highly recommended that you install components to the default locations. The Abaqus suite contains many interrelated components that make assumptions about where other components are located.

Downloads

You will need the following items (access limited to students/faculty/staff):

This documentation and software is licensed under an academic license agreement between MIT and Dassault Systemes Simulia Corp. It may be used only by MIT students, faculty and staff (Authorized Users) for non-profit academic research and teaching. The right to use the materials for any other purpose, including commercial purposes, is expressly prohibited. Authorized Users must stop using the software and delete it (and any accompanying license key) from any non MIT-owned computers they have installed it on when they cease to be affiliated with MIT. By clicking on the links below, you agree that you are an Authorized User and that you will only use the software for the purposes listed above.

Windows releases prior to Windows 10 build 1703/Linux 64 bit:

Windows 10 build 1703 and later:

Abaqus 2017 Program Directory (optional)

Installation of the Program Directory (Abaqus_2017.PDir_SIMULIA_EstPrd.1-1_pdir.zip archive) is optional. Unzip it in some location <install_loc>. It contains release notes, system requirements and general information about the current Abaqus release. The starting point for browsing the information is

  • <install_loc>\PDir_SIMULIA_EstPrd\1\default.htm (Windows)
  • <install_loc>/PDir_SIMULIA_EstPrd/1/default.htm (Linux)

We have repackaged the separate tar archives mentioned in the installation manual in a single zip file. When you unzip it, you will have a complete installation tree and can pick up the instructions after step 2. in the Extracting the Media section of the manual.

Please install all Abaqus components for a completely functional installation. Isight, Tosca and fe-safe are optional.

In certain usage modes, Abaqus requires access to system C, C++ and FORTRAN compilers. Installation and configuration of these is beyond the scope of this document; please consult the Abaqus documentation for further information.

Note: Do not install Tosca Fluid unless you have at least one of the required fluid dynamics solvers Fluent or STAR_CCM+ installed on your computer, otherwise the installation will fail.

Windows installation

A bug prevents correct Abaqus 2017 installation on Windows 10 build 1703 and later from the standard installation files. A patched set in an alternate installation archive works around this. Installation of a short batch file doit.bat is needed to work in conjunction with the patched archive.

Please note that installation will require about 26 Gb temporarily/14 Gb permanently for a complete install of all products and documentation.

  1. Unzip abaqus_2017.zip (Windows releases prior to Windows 10 build 1703) or abaqus-win1703_2017.zip (Windows 10 build 1703 or later) in a temporary location (after the extraction you can delete the zip file to save space).
    • The recommended application for this is 7-Zip.
  2. Windows 10 build 1703 or later only: copy file doit.bat to %TEMP% from a terminal window by typing copy doit.bat %TEMP% in a terminal window.
  3. Follow the instructions in <unzip location>/AM_SIM_Abaqus_Extend.AllOS/1/SimuliaInstallationGuide.pdf; skip the Installing the DS License Server section at the top.
    • Whenever the installers ask what type of licensing is in use, select FlexNet and/or Network Licensing.
      CAUTION: Scroll for hidden License Server entry field.

      Enter this in the License Server 1 dialog (leave the other entries blank)
    • If Windows firewall alerts pop up during installation, select Allow Access
  4. After the installation is complete and verified you can delete the contents of the extracted zip file to save space

In order to view and search the documentation, Internet Explorer is the best option. The Microsoft Edge browser will not display the documentation correctly.

To launch Abaqus from a command prompt, type abaqus. To launch the GUI, type abaqus cae. To launch the viewer, type abaqus viewer.

Linux installation

The only supported Linux distributions are Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Centos and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. You will likely get an error message about "unsupported Linux distribution" if you attempt to install it on others, in particular Ubuntu, and the installation will fail.

You may be able to get around this by editing a line in each of the Linux.sh files located in the installation tree (there are 8 occurrences); change the line

DSY_OS_Release=`lsb_release --short --id |sed 's/ //g'`

to

DSY_OS_Release="RedHatEnterpriseWorkstation"

before running the installer.

Please note that installation will require about 27.2 Gb temporarily/16.2 Gb permanently for a complete install of all products and documentation. You will also need to have the openmotif and compat-libstdc++-33 packages installed on Red Hat systems.

  1. Unzip abaqus_2017.zip in a temporary location (after the extraction you can delete the zip file to save space)
  2. Follow the instructions in <unzip location>/AM_SIM_Abaqus_Extend.AllOS/1/SimuliaInstallationGuide.pdf; skip the Installing the DS License Server section at the top.
    • Whenever the installers ask what type of licensing is in use, select FlexNet and/or Network Licensing and single server; enter academic research for licensing type. Enter this in the License Server 1 dialog (leave the other entries blank)
  3. After the installation is complete and verified you can delete the contents of the extracted zip file to save space

Abaqus is configured to use the Intel FORTRAN compiler by default; it is usually possible to use gfortran instead by editing /usr/DassaultSystemes/SimulationServices/V6R2017x/linux_a64/SMA/site/lnx86_64.env as follows:

  1. Change ifort to gfortran on the fortCmd line and make sure that g++ is on the cppCmd line
  2. Remove gnu-incompatible compiler flags from the compile_fortran line (-V, -auto, -mP2OPT_hpo_vec_divbyzero=F, -extend_source, -fpp, -WB)
  3. Add -lgfortran to the link_sl and link_exe lines

If you select the default command locations:

  • The Abaqus launch command is abaqus (or abaqus cae for the GUI, abaqus viewer for the viewer) in the /var/DassaultSystemes/SIMULIA/Commands directory.
  • The fe-safe launch command is fe-safe, in the /usr/SIMULIA/fe-safe/2017 directory.
  • The Isight launch command is gateway, in the /usr/SIMULIA/Isight/2017/linux_a64/code/command directory.
  • The Tosca Structure launch command is ToscaStructureGui.sh, in the /usr/SIMULIA/Tosca/2017/linux_a64/code/command directory.
  • The Tosca Fluid launch command is ToscaFluidGui.sh, in the /usr/SIMULIA/Tosca/2017/linux_a64/code/command directory.
You may need to set the XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS environment variable to 1 in the launch terminal first if the Abaqus windows are washed out and translucent. You may run into other windowing artifacts unless you log in with a basic graphical session that disables advanced visual effects. Details for how to do this are beyond the scope of this article.

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Last Modified:

September 22, 2017

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