Abaqus Licensing

Running Abaqus on a server

Access groups

The Abaqus software is only available to licensed users. Abaqus licenses are called tokens. Faculty/PIs must purchase these tokens through ECN and provide ECN with a list of approved users, usually members of the PIs research group. An access group, populated by this list, controls who get access to those tokens. There is no real limit to the number of users in an access group. One has to be in an access group to be able to run Abaqus.


Class license

There are classes that uses Abaqus as part of the curriculum. To use these special class licenses you have to be in a special access group. Normally that is done before the class starts. Occasionally career accounts are mistyped or a late addition to the class can cause you not to have access to Abaqus. If that's the case then send e-mail to software@ecn.purdue.edu to determine why you are unable to use the class license.


Number of tokens needed?

A minimum of 5 tokens are needed *per* job. If you want to run two jobs *at the same time* you would need a minimum of 10 tokens to do so. Three jobs at the same time, 15 tokens, and so on. More tokens can be required depending on the size of the job, the number of CPUs/cores you want the job to use, and the number of jobs you want to run at the same time. If multiple users are in an access group then the number of jobs that could be run at the same time can grow quite large. Here is what Abaqus says:

Licensing and Token Information for the Abaqus Research Edition

SIMULIA products are offered on an annual-lease basis. We use a token-based licensing configuration based upon industry-standard FLEXnet licensing utilities, which enables you to monitor and manage how Abaqus software is used. Each time you execute Abaqus, one or more "tokens" are "checked-out" from your token pool. Once your execution has finished, the tokens are "checked-in" to the pool and made available to someone else to use. The number of tokens used depends upon the product you're using and whether or not you are taking advantage of our parallel processing capabilities. (Our pre/post processor Abaqus/CAE always checks out exactly one CAE token). The number of tokens you'll need to purchase is typically a function of the number of simultaneous Abaqus users you will have, and the degree to which they will use parallel processing.

The table below shows the number of analysis tokens required to execute one analysis according to functionality and the number of processors used.

Product Number of CPUs (or cores)
1 2 4 8 12 16 24 32 64 128
Number of analysis tokens required
Abaqus/Standard 5 6 8 12 14 16 19 21 28 38
Abaqus/Explicit (including CEL)
Abaqus/Foundation 3 4 5 7 8 9 11 12 17 23
Abaqus/Aqua 6 8 10 14 17 19 22 25 34 46

This table shows the number of tokens required based upon the number of simultaneous users.

  Number of Tokens Required
Simultaneous Users Analysis Tokens* CAE Tokens
1 5 1
2 10 2
3 15 3
4 20 4
5 25 5
*Assuming Abaqus/Standard or Explicit with one processor



Purchasing tokens

To purchase tokens for you or your group you need to send email to software@ecn.purdue.edu stating how many tokens you think you will need. We will get you a price quote. At that time you will need to provide an account number to proceed.


Where can you use it?

SIMULIA products including Abaqus and Isight may be only be installed on University-owned computers located on campus.  Remote execution via Citrix-type servers, Remote Desktop, etc., is permitted.  Abaqus is available on all ECN-supported Linux and Windows machines. If its not on your ECN-supported Windows PC, contact us for assistance.


Specifying which license type to use

The following document shows you how to setup your environment to be able to use the teaching or research license:


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