Before installing OptiFDTD, ensure the system requirements described below are

Hardware and software requirements

OptiFDTD requires the following minimum system configuration:

  • Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7, 32-bit or 64-bit, note: 64-bit OS is required to run 64-bit simulators
  • Personal computer with Pentium 4 or higher processor 1.2 GHz (or higher). Multicore
  • CPU is required for increased performance of parallel processing simulators.
  • 2GB of RAM or higher (dependent on the size of calculated problem)
  • 500 MB to 10 GB free hard drive disk space depending on calculation size for
  • storage of the simulation results
  • 1024 x 768 graphic resolution, minimum 256 colors
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 (or higher)
  • Most recent video and OpenGL drivers for your graphics card

Note: For machines running Windows XP, the “Windows Classic” theme must be

Protection key

A hardware protection key is supplied with the software. To ensure that OptiFDTD
operates properly, verify the following:

  •  The protection key is properly connected to the USB port of the computer.
  •  If you use more than one protection key, ensure that there is no conflict between the OptiFDTD protection key and the other keys.

Note: Use a switch box to prevent protection key conflicts. Ensure that the cable
between the switch box and the computer is a maximum of one meter long.

OptiFDTD directory

By default, the OptiFDTD installer creates an OptiFDTD directory on your hard disk.
The OptiFDTD directory contains the following subdirectories:

  •  \BIN – contains executable files, dynamic linked libraries, and help files
  •  \SAMPLES – contains OptiFDTD examples
  •  \TMP – temporary directory used by OptiFDTD during operation
  •  \DOC – OptiFDTD support documentation


  • OptiFDTD can be installed on Windows XP/Vista/7, 32-bit or 64-bit, note: 64-bit OS is required to run 64-bit simulators.
  • Linux 64-bit for 3D simulations, Linux enabled versions only (see the Release Notes for more information).
  • We recommend that you exit all Windows programs before running the setup program.

Installing OptiFDTD on Windows operating systems

To install OptiFDTD on Windows operating systems, perform the following procedure.

Step Action
1 Log on as the Administrator, or log onto an account with Administrator
2 Insert the OptiFDTD installation CD into your CD ROM drive.
3 On the Taskbar, click Start and select Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
4 In the Run dialog box, type F:\setup.exe, where F is your CD ROM drive.
5 Click OK and follow the screen instructions and prompts.
6 When the installation is complete, remove the CD from the CD ROM driveand reboot your computer.