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SIMULIA tests specific graphics devices to ensure adequate performance with Abaqus/CAE and Abaqus/Viewer; the graphics devices that have been tested (or scheduled for testing) are listed in the tables below. However, we cannot certify that these devices are completely compatible with all possible hardware and software configurations. Other devices may be compatible but have not been tested. 

NOTE: Newer driver versions for the graphics card listed on this page are expected to work, but may not be compatible. We recommend that you use the tested driver version if you experience problems.

We may update graphics tuning parameters for graphics devices. These changes are intended to configure Abaqus to best utilize individual graphics devices. Updated graphics tuning parameters are included in the graphicsConfig.env file, which can be downloaded and placed in your Abaqus installation.

The use of graphics hardware acceleration on Windows platforms may cause display problems with some graphics adapters or drivers. Users may wish to disable graphics hardware acceleration to determine if a particular issue is specific to their graphics adapter or graphics driver. For instructions on how to turn off hardware acceleration see Additional Information, below.

Listing of tested configurations per platform:

  • Windows/x86-32
  • Windows/x86-32(laptop)
  • Windows/x86-64
  • Windows/x86-64(laptop)
  • Linux/x86-64
     

Windows/x86-32

Vendor

Graphics Device

Graphics Memory

Driver Version

Operating System

Results

AMD [ATI]

FirePro V7800

2GB

8.773

Windows 7 Ultimate

Pass*

FirePro V8700

1GB

8.773

Windows XP SP2

Pass

NVIDIA

Quadro 600

1GB

267.05

Windows 7 Ultimate

Pass*

Quadro 5000

2GB

267.05

Windows XP SP3

 

Pass

 

Windows Laptop (32-bit)

Vendor

Graphics Device

Graphics Memory

Driver Version

Operating System

Results

AMD [ATI]

Mobility FireGL V5700

 

512MB 

8.633 

Windows XP SP3

Pass

NVIDIA

Quadro FX 880M

 

1GB 

257.38

Windows XP SP3

Pass 

 

Windows/x86-64

Vendor

Graphics Device

Graphics Memory

Driver Version

Operating System

Results


AMD [ATI]

FirePro V4900

1 GB

8.850.7

Windows 7 Ultimate

Pass*

FirePro V8700

1GB

8.773

Windows XP SP2 

Pass

FirePro V9800

4GB 

8.801

Windows Server 2008 R2

Pass

NVIDIA

Quadro 2000

1GB 

267.05

Windows 7 Ultimate 

Pass*

Quadro 6000

4GB 

259.81

Windows 2008 Server R2

Pass

 

Windows Laptop (64-bit)

Vendor

Graphics Device

Graphics Memory

Driver Version

Operating System

Results

NVIDIA

Quadro FX 880M

 1GB

 257.38

Windows 7 Ultimate 

 Pass*

 

Linux/x86-64

Vendor

Graphics Device

Graphics Memory

Driver Version

X11 Version

Operating System

Results

AMD [ATI]

FirePro 4800

1GB

8.830

X.org 7.1.1

RHEL 5.0

Pass

FirePro 9800

4GB

8.830

X.org 7.1.1

RHEL 5.5

Pass

NVIDIA

Quadro FX 5800

4GB 

260.16.36

X.org 6.9.0

SLES 10 SP2

 

Pass

Quadro 4000

2GB 

260.19.36

X Server 1.5.2

SLES 11

Pass

   

Additional Information
Abaqus/CAE and Abaqus/Viewer support OpenGL hardware graphics acceleration on all supported platforms. All Windows laptops are tested with their original factory display. Testing does not include any external display devices.

To determine your graphics card and graphics card driver for Windows systems

It is best to use the system Display Properties dialog to get this information, but if there is difficulty finding it or only a remote access to the system is possible the findVid program can be utilized.

  1. Download the findVid program appropriate for your system (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • findVid32.exe
    • findVid64.exe
  2. Then run the executable in a command prompt window
  3. The following is an example output from running the findVid.exe command
     

=============================================

C:\Temp>findVid32.exe
Device Name: NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
Video Processor: Quadro FX 5600
Driver Date: 06/18/2010
Driver Version: 6.14.11.8208
Horizontal Res: 1280 pixels in 387 mm => 3.307493 pix/mm
Vertical Res: 1024 pixels in 310 mm => 3.303226 pix/mm
Display Settings: 1680 x 1050 @ 0,0 - 32-bit - 60 Hz

============================================

 

 
Updating your graphicsConfig.env file

Follow these instructions for updating your graphicsConfig.env file. You should update each release of Abaqus 6.11 that you have installed (e.g. 6.11, ...). The examples given in the instructions show updating Abaqus 6.11-1.

NOTE:  The date stamp on the graphicsConfig.env file should help you determine which releases of Abaqus 6.11 you should update. If the date of the file is later than the creation date of the release (reported by abaqus whereami), then you should update that release.

  1. Find your Abaqus 6.11 version install directory and set your current directory to the site directory for that version.
     
           % abaqus whereami
    Abaqus Version 6.11
    Abaqus Site ID:

    Abaqus is located in the directory /disk2/abaqus/6.11
    /disk2/abaqus/6.11/cae/External/ebt
    Sequence Information:
    /disk2/abaqus/6.11/cae: 2011_01_19-18.06.29 110740

    % cd /disk2/abaqus/6.11/site
  2. Rename the existing graphicsConfig.env file
     
          % cp graphicsConfig.env graphicsConfig.env.old
  3. Download the new graphicsConfig.env file by clicking on the file name in the browser window.
  4. Select the save as option, and save the file in your Abaqus 6.11 site directory. In the current example, the path to this directory is /disk2/abaqus/6.11/site.
  5. Reset the permissions on the graphicsConfig.env file.
     
          % chmod 644 graphicsConfig.env

* Windows 7 Issue: Running Abaqus/CAE or Abaqus/Viewer using Windows 7 (or Windows Vista) Aero Themes

Viewport window contents may not be refreshed correctly after a manipulation operation such as repositioning. Any subsequent viewport action alleviates the issue and the viewport contents are redrawn correctly.