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The OpenFOAM (Open Field Operation and Manipulation) CFD Toolbox is a free, open source CFD software package by OpenCFD Ltd. It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science, from both commercial and academic organisations. OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to solid dynamics and electromagnetics. OpenFOAM is supplied with numerous pre-configured solvers, utilities and libraries and so can be used like any typical simulation package. However, it is open, not only in terms of source code, but also in its structure and hierarchical design, so that its solvers, utilities and libraries are fully extensible. OpenFOAM uses finite volume numerics to solve systems of partial differential equations ascribed on any 3D unstructured mesh of polyhedral cells. The fluid flow solvers are developed within a robust, implicit, pressure-velocity, iterative solution framework, although alternative techniques are applied to other continuum mechanics solvers. Domain decomposition parallelism is fundamental to the design of OpenFOAM and integrated at a low level so that solvers can generally be developed without the need for any ’parallel-specific’ coding.



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Abisko HPC2N capability resource of 153 TFLOPS with full bisectional infiniband interconnect
Akka HPC2N capability cluster resource of 54 TFLOPS with infiniband interconnect
Alarik LUNARC throughput cluster resource of 40 TFLOPS
Aurora LUNARC throughput/general purpose cluster resource
Beda C3SE throughput cluster resource
Glenn C3SE throughput cluster resource
Lindgren PDC Cray XE6 capability cluster with 305 TFLOPS peak performance
Platon LUNARC throughput cluster resource of 26 TFLOPS


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