[Beowulf] Building OpenFOAM

John Hearns John.Hearns at xma.co.uk
Fri Nov 11 07:19:14 PST 2016

You have it.  And add in dependiencies on specific versions of GCC - which you have to compile up from scratch! (OK, this was in previous versions).

Hopefully I am allowed a little commercial break here. There is a company in the UK which provides experise and a supported build of OpenFOAM
A former colleague of mine in the automotive industry uses their build - as an aero engineer he wants to get on with his work, nto take the time to learn how to compile and update OpenFOAM.

(I add that there is no personal gain for me in referring to Totalsim)

-----Original Message-----
From: Beowulf [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Prentice Bisbal
Sent: 11 November 2016 15:05
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Building OpenFOAM

I've heard about how difficult building OpenFOAM was for years. I don't think it's all that difficult, it just takes a LOT of time to build,  so when errors are encountered, the iteration time between multiple. The real difficulty arises from how poorly documented the build process is.
It's like a single page. And since it uses it's own shell scripts to manage the build process, instead of using GNU Autoconf tools, I've had to figure out how it works, and spend days digging though shell scripts to figure out the proper place to add include and lib directories.

Prentice Bisbal
Lead Software Engineer
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

On 11/10/2016 05:25 PM, Christopher Samuel wrote:
> On 11/11/16 04:09, Prentice Bisbal wrote:
>> My build finally failed 1-2 days shy of 3 weeks with an error that it
>> couldn't find gmp.h. I am now building on a system with faster cores,
>> and more of them!
> Welcome to OpenFOAM.  The only code we've come across that takes more
> time to build, and is more frustrating when it fails (as it often
> does), is OpenCMISS.
> Best of luck!
> Chris

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