ANSYS is committed to providing timely releases of high-quality software products on current computing platforms that are well-suited for engineering simulations. We monitor industry trends and customer needs in order to select the right computing platforms to certify and support, periodically eliminating support for aging platforms and adding support for new platforms. This article provides a high-level summary of our current platform support strategy and near-term plans.
ANSYS General Platform Support Strategy
The ANSYS platform support strategy is as follows:
- We focus on support of Windows and Linux operating systems, running on x64 processors from Intel and AMD. These are the dominant platforms for engineering simulation today.
- As customers migrate from 32-bit to 64-bit, our focus is shifting to 64-bit versions. This shift started with ANSYS 14.0 in 2011, with Linux supported as 64-bit only for most applications. Migration away from 32-bit Windows is likely to occur in ANSYS releases during 2013.
- We only support enterprise editions of Linux from Red Hat and Novell. Unlike consumer editions or open-source versions, Enterprise Linux versions provide long-term operating system stability and product maintainability. Other Linux variants are not certified or supported.
ANSYS 14.5 Supported Platforms
ANSYS 14.5 is the currently released version. The specific operating system versions supported by ANSYS 14.5 are documented and posted at http://www.ansys.com/Support/Platform+Support. ANSYS 14.5 includes support for the following:
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
- RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6 (64-bit)
- Novell SuSE Enterprise Linux Server and Desktop (SLES / SLED) 10 and 11 (64-bit)
Not all applications are supported on all of these platforms. See detailed information, by product, at the URL noted above. In particular, ANSYS 14.5 products stemming from the Ansoft acquisition do not support Windows Vista and are not yet certified on Windows 8.
Platform support for the ANSYS License Manager includes some additional platforms, as noted below.
Platforms Dropped at ANSYS 14.5
The following ANSYS 14.0 platform is no longer supported for ANSYS 14.5 applications:
- Intel Itanium (Linux/Itanium, SGI ProPack/Itanium)
Platforms to be Dropped in Future Releases
Tables 1 through 3, below, summarize the platform support roadmap for ANSYS products. As shown in the tables, ANSYS 14.5 will very likely be the last release on the following platforms:
- Windows VISTA (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Future releases will include binaries for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, which will very likely continue to run on VISTA, but VISTA will not be formally certified
- SLES 10 (64-bit)
- Future releases will not include a Linux binary that will run on SLES 10
You should begin migration away from these platforms to prepare for the ANSYS releases in 2013 and beyond. In addition, ANSYS 15 (and/or releases in 2013) will likely be the final releases to support:
- 32-bit Windows
- Windows XP
Platform Support for the ANSYS License Manager
The ANSYS License Manager is supported on all platforms that are supported for ANSYS 14.5 applications. In addition, the ANSYS License Manager is supported on 32-bit Linux. The following is the complete list of platforms supported for the ANSYS License Manager at 14.5.
- Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
- Windows Server 2008, R2 and HPC versions (64-bit)
- RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 (64-bit)
- Novell SuSE Enterprise Linux (SLES) 10 and 11 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Solaris 10 SPARC
License manager platforms no longer supported at 14.5 are:
- Solaris 10 / x64
- Intel Itanium (Linux/Itanium)
ANSYS 15 (and/or releases in 2013) will likely drop support for the ANSYS License Manager on 32-bit Linux platforms, specifically:
- RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 (32-bit)
- Novell SuSE Enterprise Linux (SLES) 10 and 11 (32-bit)
ANSYS Quality Assurance Services
ANSYS Quality Assurance Services customers should refer to each release's Installation Guide for details on which platforms are supported in each initial release. Typically, QA Services and the associated Verification Testing Packages are supported only for platforms supported in the initial release. Contact the local SimuTech Office for information about ANSYS, Inc.'s QA Services.
Table 1: ANSYS Roadmap - Windows
Table 2: ANSYS Roadmap – Linux
Table 3: ANSYS Roadmap – Solaris