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Running OpenFOAM in parallel with different locations for each process

Posted December 15, 2011 at 17:56 by wyldckat

The other day a fellow forum user asked me for help about a problem dealing with the specific configuration of a case for running in a cluster. The specific configuration was simple: each slave machine of the cluster has it's own independent storage address on a similar path.
Below is an edited version of the reply I sent him.

OK, first detail - In the following file you have a (sort-of) well documented "decomposeParDict":
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Blog about my forks at github for the repositories OpenFOAM and ThirdParty

Posted September 17, 2011 at 05:36 by wyldckat
Updated February 2, 2013 at 06:44 by wyldckat

Note: This blog post will be edited whenever more details come to life.

A bit of an introduction:
I started my experience at github by forking the ThirdParty-2.0.x repository back in 12th of August of 2011. The objective was to create a branch named get-em which would possess modifications for a simple package manager for OpenFOAM's ThirdParty folder, to then be posted as a proposition for a feature request at OpenFOAM's bug tracker. This was not requested by any of the OpenFOAM...
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Advanced tips for working with the OpenFOAM shell environment

Posted August 28, 2011 at 07:51 by wyldckat
Updated January 1, 2014 at 12:11 by wyldckat (Please go to

Finally finished writing a better page than this one at

This blog post envisions to explain the advanced usages of OpenFOAM's shell environment. For now, only the most common ideas will be explained here, but the idea is to expand it to a size worthy for then moving to
  1. New to Linux? Then Google "Linux tutorial" Although,
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Building Code Documentation on OpenFOAM 2.0.0/x

Posted June 24, 2011 at 18:06 by wyldckat
Updated August 30, 2014 at 08:18 by wyldckat (A note about Ubuntu 10.10 and above)

For now, these are only instructions for Ubuntu (11.04 to be exact, but they should work for 10.04 and above), and it shouldn't be all that different for OpenSuSE.

Note: I've discovered the other day, thanks to a fellow user of this forum, that Doxygen 1.7.1 on Ubuntu 10.10 does not build the code documentation for OpenFOAM 2.0. Nonetheless, a solution is already known (two actually) and is shown here:
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Notes about running OpenFOAM in parallel

Posted February 27, 2011 at 10:22 by wyldckat
Updated August 22, 2015 at 13:14 by wyldckat (added more links)

This is a rough list of informations to be compiled and posted on on a page about running OpenFOAM in parallel. If someone picks up on this and wants to start the article in the wiki, be my guest. Leave a comment pointing to the wiki page, so we can cooperate

List of already catalogued applications on the wiki for pre/post processing for parallel mode:
Yet to be catalogued:
  • redistributeMesh
  • renumberMesh
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