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How do I run interactive Ansys Fluent using Slurm?

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You can use the following script:

[cmsupport@bright60 ~] cat ./fluent-srun.sh
#!/usr/bin/env bash
if [ "$SLURM_PROCID" == "0" ]; then
   srun hostname -f > $HOSTSFILE
   fluent -t $SLURM_NTASKS -cnf=$HOSTSFILE -ssh 3d
   rm -f $HOSTSFILE
exit 0

Example: to run an interactive session, use srun like this: 

[cmsupport@bright60 ~] srun -n <tasks> ./fluent-srun.sh

Updated on November 2, 2020

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  1. Hi all !

    Thanks for this helpful article.
    I have one question tho :
    When I use the “srun” command : srun -n ./fluent-srun.sh, I do have a job running on slurm for some seconds. I also have the command line of fluent in my terminal, but after a few seconds, nothing happens (no GUI, the slurm job is cancelled) and I don’t have any error.
    If I use the same fluent command without the srun : ./fluent-srun.sh, the fluent GUI appears. (exactly the same thing happens with star-CCM+).

    I hope you can help me.
    Thank you !


  2. Most likely there is an issue with your DISPLAY variable not being passed. In recent versions of Bright you can actually use your web-browser to access the cluster through Jupyter, and then you can schedule a kernel (e.g. BASH kernel) and start a VNC server on the node. Your web-browser will then show you the X11 window manager + any X11 applications you start. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWiRLx9M2R4&ab_channel=BrightComputing and in particular the part about VNC sessions.

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