Updated 2020-04-23

Comsol Interactively


  • Running Comsol interactively is very similar to any other interactive program. First you must setup the vnc session, then open comsol from the terminal
  • It is highly recommended to create models on the cluster in an interactive session to avoid trouble with binarys that may have been created on windows.


Set up Interactive (VNC) Session

  • Please see the VNC guide for instructions on how to set up the Interactive VNC session

Start Comsol on VNC

  • Open terminal in the vnc window by clicking top left Applications > System Tools > scroll down to terminal
  • all commands here on will be typed in terminal in VNC
  • To see available versions of Comsol run
module avail comsol
  • Load comsol module and start comsol
module load <version of comsol>  #example: module load comsol/5.3a-research


  • To start abaqus, run comsol -np <num of processors you requested>
  • It might take a while for Comsol to load