Batch Meshing and Execution of Projects

newFASANT supports two methods of meshing and running simulations from the command line or terminal, allowing you use the mesher and kernels without launching the newFASANT GUI.

Using the Batch Utility

To specify the number of processors, threads and the different MPI options, you must set up the following environment variables:
    Overwrites the number of MPI tasks stored in the project. In Linux, it works similarly but also can be filled with --use-job-scheduler to call feko_parallel with this parameter.
    Overwrites the number of OpenMP threads stored in the project. It works similarly in Linux.
    Defines additional options for MPI. In Windows, these options are supplied as an input parameter for MPIexec. Linux works in a similar way, but instead of supplying them to MPIexec it goes to feko_parallel1.
Launch the newFASANT batch utility using the command:
newfasant <"project file path"> [options]
project file path
The path to the project file inside “”.
The command line options are:
Mesh the project.
For example:
newfasant "/home/newfasant/MyProject.nfp" -mesh
Execute the project.
For example:
newfasant "/home/newfasant/MyProject.nfp" -calculate
Mesh and execute the project.
For example:
newfasant "/home/newfasant/MyProject.nfp" -update
For more information on how to use the batch utility:
newfasant_batch.exe -h

Using Runfeko

Another way to launch newFASANT from a command line or terminal is by using the runfeko utility. The syntax for launching newFASANT through runfeko is:

The path of the .nfp project (with or without extension).
print the version information and then exit
-np x
start the parallel newFASANT version with x processes (special case “-np all” uses all available from the machines file)
run the parallel newFASANT Solver within a queuing system (see documentation which are supported) and obtain the number of parallel processes as well as the host list directly from the respective job scheduler
--feko-options ...
all following options will be passed to newFASANT
--num-threads x
x is the number of threads to be used. This option is only supported for OMP and HYBRID solvers


To use 4 processes and 4 threads for MPI to solve a project located at "c:/Temp/horn.nfp":

runfeko C:/Temp/horn -np 4 --feko-option --num-threads 4

To use the PBS resources and 4 OMP threads to solve a project named "horn.nfp":

runfeko horn.nfp --use-job-scheduler --feko-options --num-threads 4
1 See the Feko User Guide for more information: Running the Parallel Version.