Lumerical (FDTD)

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We currently have a license for Lumerical’s FDTD Solutions, which is a Finite Difference Time Domain software. They have tutorials on just about anything you want online, so check them out: http://docs.lumerical.com/en/fdtd/knowledge_base.html

They also offer several free Webinars online that you can signup for. Below are PDFs of presentations some of those presentations.
Computers:
For now, the main server (MUNDAY-SERVER) is running and is on IP address 129.2.94.73.
The other servers are:

MUNDAY-SERVER-2
129.2.94.74

MUNDAY-SERVER-3
129.2.94.75

Downloads:

LumericalDevicePreview

Lumerical_Metamaterials

lumerical_solar_cells_webinar

Running FDTD without the CAD

Here’s the instructions to run Lumerical simulations on 129.2.94.73 without hogging up the CAD:
1. Create a batch of simulations or a single simulation in a folder. The folder will need to be accessible to the computer on which you will run the simulation. I suggest using the “All” drive but the LSQT drive will probably work. To make a batch of files you can create a set of sweeps then right click and choose “Save to files” or create a script that saves the a bunch of files.
2. While on .87, open a command terminal (for windows, hit the windows button and type “cmd”)
3. If you have a single file to run copy:
“C:\Program Files\Lumerical\FDTD\bin\fdtd-run-remote73.bat” “[Your file path]”
Ex:
“C:\Program Files\Lumerical\FDTD\bin\fdtd-run-remote73.bat” “\\129.2.94.31\All\Joe\Remote\RemoteTest2.fsp”
If you are running a batch copy:
“C:\Program Files\Lumerical\FDTD\bin\fdtd-run-remote73.bat” “[Your folder]\*.fsp”
Ex:
“C:\Program Files\Lumerical\FDTD\bin\fdtd-run-remote73.bat” “\\129.2.94.31\All\Joe\Remote\RemoteTest_sweep\*.fsp”
Note that both of those examples should actually work.
IMPORTANT: The filename must be given as something that Lumerical can find on the remote computer. So if the network drive is called something different on .73 it won’t work.
4. Hit enter. you will get some stuff telling you what is being run and what its status is.
Some notes for future troubleshooters:
-Both computers need compatible versions of Lumerical.
-You can test to see if you can connect to the lumerical engines on the other servers (https://kb.lumerical.com/en/install_win_configure_engine.html)
-The “C:\Program Files\Lumerical\FDTD\bin\fdtd-run-remote73.bat” file is just an instructions file (.bat). Its something I made and you can open it up with a text editor to see what’s its doing or create a new one. This would be necessary if you want to use other severs than .73 (the 73 in the file name refers to that address).
-This is also useful for checking that everything is working https://kb.lumerical.com/en/installation_and_setup_win_run-mpi-test-program-cpi.html