System Requirements: COMSOL Server™ Version 5.3

These requirements are common to all platforms:

  • A working network card and internet connection is recommended during installation
  • At least 1 GB memory, but 4 GB or more per processor core is recommended
  • 1–5 GB of disk space, depending on your licensed products and installation options
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 10.1.9, 11.0.06, or later to view and print the COMSOL documentation in PDF format

COMSOL Server™ License (CSL)

The COMSOL Server™ License type is a networked license type and is supported on a heterogeneous network of computers running any of the Windows® or Linux® operating systems or macOS. Both the license manager and the COMSOL Server™ software can run on a single computer running either Windows®, Linux®, or macOS.

Academic Server License (ASL)

System requirements for the Academic Server License type are similar to that of the COMSOL Server™ License type.

Operating System Requirements

In addition to the operating system requirements listed below, see the Interfacing Product Suite Requirements for specific requirements for the CAD Import Module, the Design Module, and the LiveLink™ product suite.

Windows® macOS Linux®
64-Bit Operating Systems
  • Windows® 10
  • Windows® 8.1
  • Windows® 8
  • Windows® 7
  • Windows Server® 2016
  • Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
macOS 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12
  • Debian® 7 and 8
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6 and 7
  • Ubuntu® LTS 14.04 and 16.04
  • OpenSUSE® Leap 42.1 and 42.2

OS-Specific System Requirements

Linux®
  • GNU C Library version 2.7 or later1
  • Linux® kernel 2.6.18 or later
  • Intel® Pentium® IV or AMD Athlon™ XP processor or later
  • FlexNet® requires Linux Standard Base™ (LSB™)2

1If you have a version of libstdc++ that is older than version 6.0.9, you may need to start COMSOL Multiphysics® with the option -forcecomsolgcc.

2 See FlexNet® License Manager on Linux® below.

Graphics System Requirements

COMSOL Server™ does not require graphics rendering. To use the COMSOL Server™ web interface, log in using the COMSOL Client for Windows® or a recommended web browser, see Running COMSOL Applications. COMSOL Server™ can also be used in batch mode, which does not require graphics rendering.

Parallel System Requirements

Windows® macOS Linux®
Shared-Memory Parallelism All supported versions of Windows® All supported versions of macOS All supported Linux® distributions
Distributed-Memory Parallelism
  • Windows Server® 2016
  • Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
Not Supported
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6 and 7
  • Debian® 7 and 8
  • Ubuntu® LTS 14.04 and 16.04

All computers in the cluster must use the same Linux® version and should have similar hardware. It is recommended that OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 1.5.4.1 or higher is installed. If you are using RDMA-capable network fabrics, a DAPL 1.2 or later version-compliant driver or library is required. The software is usually provided with your hardware.

Note: This information is provided for your benefit but should not be used as a substitute for your own investigation of the system requirements that may be appropriate for your use of COMSOL® software or other software, given your particular circumstances. Systems and hardware change regularly, which may impact any determination of what system requirements are appropriate for you.

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