Code-Aster on Windows or on Linux?

There are some striking advantages for Linux. Code-Aster is developed by EDF on Linux. No windows version is distributed by the developers. This means:

  • More cost: A Windows version of Code-Aster can only be delivered by a third party. Which means additional effort and cost.
  • Delayed releases: A new Windows version can only be released later than the original version of EDF on which it is based.
  • Quality: The original versions of EDF are only released after passing more than 3000 test cases. Performing this with own-compiled or Windows versions will also mean additional effort and cost.
  • There is every 6 months a new stable release by EDF and at the same time a new testing version labeled by the ciffer after the dot. Every 2 years there is a new stable and testing main version (10, 11, 12,..). You will not always decide for these new installations every 6 months (stable and testing), but it will often happen so in order to take advantage from important improvements. If you have a windows version you will have everytime new release costs, on Linux you can do it yourself. SalomeMeca is extremly easy to install, it appears with every subversion (every 6 month) and comprises every time both versions: the newest stable and the newest testing. Normally you will work with the stable version, but if there are some problems it can frequently happen, that such a problem has been solved in the meantime and you can use the testing version for that case.

Sometimes it may not be possible to have a Linux installation in a company, due to company rules or a restrictive computer administration. In this case we recommend you to install a Virtual Machine on your Windows Host system with Linux as a Guest Operational system. Our tests showed a loss of CPU-time of only about 10% as long as there is enough RAM memory to avoid swapping to the hard disk.

If the users really emphasize to work only under Windows you can setup a Linux server with Code-Aster installed on it to be used for all simulations of the whole team. The Windows workstations are connected to the server via VNC (Virtual Network Computing) and the users work all on Windows.

Contact us also if you really need a Windows version. We are ready to discuss your needs and develop the best solution for you.