Last update: April 14, 2020

OpenFOAM logo The OpenFOAM (Open Field Operation and Manipulation) Toolbox is a free, open source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package providing an extensive range of features, from solving complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to solid dynamics and electromagnetics.

Running on Frontera and Stampede2

TACC staff has built and installed OpenFOAM 7.0 on both Stampede2 and Frontera compute resources. The Stampede2 executable is built with intel/18.0.2 and impi/18.0.2, while the Frontera executable is built with intel/19.0.5 and impi/19.0.5. Follow the steps below to set up the environment and run an OpenFOAM tutorial example.

Set Up Computing Environment

Set up the proper computing environment by loading the latest OpenFoam module:

login1$ module load openfoam/7.0

OpenFOAM places its cases in the directory defined by the $FOAM_RUN environment variable. TACC staff suggests using your $SCRATCH file space to run OpenFOAM cases. The following commands set this environment variable and create the $FOAM_RUN directory in the user's $SCRATCH directory.

login1$ export FOAM_RUN=$SCRATCH/My_OpenFOAM/7.0/run
login1$ mkdir -p $FOAM_RUN

Run Tutorials

Do NOT run the following commands on the login nodes. You may either submit a batch job, or start an interactive session using TACC's idev utility.

The following demonstrates running the OpenFOAM's Lid-driven Cavity Flow test case involving isothermal, incompressible flow in a two-dimensional square domain.

  • Copy OpenFOAM's tutorials into the OpenFOAM work directory created above, then change to the cavity case directory:

    login1$ idev
    c557-804$ cp -r $FOAM_TUTORIALS $FOAM_RUN 
    c557-804$ cd $FOAM_RUN/tutorials/incompressible/icoFoam/cavity/cavity
  • Use the pre-processing tool, blockMesh, to generate the mesh. Then run the icoFoam solver.

    c557-804$ blockMesh
    c557-804$ icoFoam
    c557-804$ exit