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ANSYS Distributed Solver Setup Tutorial
  (ANSYS, Inc.)
  This is a document for ANSYS 8.1 distributed solvers and how to set them up, specifically for Windows and Linux.
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ANSYS Seems to Freeze on Windows
  Sheldon Imaoka (ANSYS, Inc.)
  Description of a possible reason of why your ANSYS session may seem to 'hang' on Windows and how to avoid it.
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Cannot View ANSYS Online Help on Windows
  Sheldon Imaoka (ANSYS, Inc.)
  After installing a Windows Hotfix, if ANSYS is installed on a file server, the ANSYS Online Help cannot be viewed. This tip describes how to fix this problem.
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Compiling UPFs and Creating Customized ANSYS Executables [PDF]
  Sheldon Imaoka (ANSYS, Inc.)
  "ANSYS User Programmable Features (UPFs) are quite powerful means of customizing ANSYS beyond the scripting capabilities of the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL). Writing one’s own constitutive models or complex loading functions or even creating a user-defined element are possible with UPFs.
Because some users may find it challenging to get started using UPFs, this memo hopes to discuss general issues related to compiling and linking a customized version of ANSYS for Windows and Linux environments."

(Week 51, week of 02/08/09)
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Email Notification after Batch Run
  Darren Hodson (AstraZeneca)
  Information on automatic email notification after batch run is completed.
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File Compression
  Sheldon Imaoka (ANSYS, Inc.)
  Tip on compressing ANSYS files and different compression algorithms and software, such as gzip, zip, bzip2, lzop, and 7-zip.
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How to automatically release a license on Windows NT, usually due to an aborted job
  Bram Weisman (Alan C. McClure Associates, Inc.)
  Information on how to release a license on Windows NT if an ANSYS job has aborted. This is based on Elan licensing (ANSYS 5.4-5.6). (From XANSYS posting)
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How to miminize the Progress bar/window on Windows NT
  (various)
  Tip on how to minimize the progress bar during solution on Windows NT.
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How to rename multiple image files (jobname000.tif, jobname001.tif, etc.) on Windows NT
  Sheldon Imaoka (CSI)
  How to rename the ANSYS-generated TIF (or JPEG, etc.) files under Windows NT via a DOS batch script. (From XANSYS posting)
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How to run an ANSYS job in batch at a scheduled time, with or without low priority on Windows NT
  Sheldon Imaoka (CSI)
  How to run batch jobs under Windows NT using the 'at' (a.k.a. scheduling) utility, with or without low priority to allow single-processor machines to be used for other purposes during solution. (From XANSYS posting)
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How to suspend ANSYS on Windows NT if it is writing too many warnings
  Bram Weisman (Alan C. McClure Associates, Inc.)
  Discussion on suspending the ANSYS process on Windows if the output window is getting written to too much (warning messages). (From XANSYS posting)
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Memory management and configuration [PDF]
  Sheldon Imaoka (CSI)
  Memo on memory management and configuration, especially in conjunction with the PCG solver and options in linear static analyses.
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Running batch jobs on UNIX and on Windows
  Sheldon Imaoka (CSI)
  Discussion on creating C-shell scripts to run batch jobs on UNIX. Also discussion on writing DOS scripts to run batch jobs on Windows. (From XANSYS posting)
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TEMPDELE.BAT
  Bram Weisman (SBM-IMODCO)
  "Caution: This batch file is very powerful. It searches the current folder and all subfolders for known ANSYS temporary files and deletes them without sending them to the recycle bin. Therefore I would recommend that you do not execute this in the root folder of any drive which has program files. It would be O.K. to execute this one folder down in a folder where you keep your ANSYS project files. Also, you should familiarize your with the list of file extensions which this batch files deletes and be sure you agree with it. Do not run this in an ANSYS folder if you plan to do any RESTART from existing results files."
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Text and compression utilities [PDF]
  Sheldon Imaoka (CSI)
  Memo on text editors which support syntax highlighting, useful in editing input files and/or macros. Also discusses compression utilities to reduce filesize of database and results files. (Also see "bzip2" compression utility, not discussed in memo)
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Using FTP/SFTP to Transfer Files
  Sheldon Imaoka (ANSYS, Inc.)
  There are many cases where you may need to transfer files outside of your company. FTP (and SFTP) is a popular mechanism to transfer large files — for big ANSYS models, the files can be quite huge — and here are some details on using FTP/SFTP.
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Using RCP/SCP to Transfer Files
  Sheldon Imaoka (ANSYS, Inc.)
  Besides FTP, one can also use RCP or SCP to copy files between computers. This is an easier method that is well-suited for copying files on an internal network, especially if you were using a Windows PC for pre- and post-processing but solving remotely on a UNIX or Linux server/cluster.
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Using Windows file extension association for ANSYS files
  Sheldon Imaoka (CSI)
  How to associate jobname.db files with ANSYS under Windows, so one can double-click on them to launch ANSYS. (From XANSYS posting)
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Verifying file integrity
  Sheldon Imaoka (ANSYS, Inc.)
  When sending large files (such as ANSYS database and result files) from one company to another (such as via ftp or sftp), ensuring that the file transferred correctly and that the file indeed came from the expected person can be important. Use of checksum programs such as cksum, md5sum, and sha1sum can be used to verify the file's integrity. GNU Privacy Guard (gpg) can not only perform a checksum but also include a PGP 'signature' to help validate the authenticity of the file as well.
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Windows file association for ANSYS files [PDF]
  Sheldon Imaoka (CSI)
  How to associate database, graphics, and input files with ANSYS under Windows, so one can launch ANSYS more easily without the ANSYS launcher.
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Windows NT and Max Addressable Memory (-m)
  Chris Hawkins (ANSYS, Inc.)
  Discussion of memory management and max addressable memory in Windows and why only about 1.4 GB of RAM can be accessed (5.6).
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