[Beowulf] OpenFOAM, Linux & Compilers

Hearns, John john.hearns at mclaren.com
Mon Jun 22 09:24:16 PDT 2009

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> From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org]
> On Behalf Of Dmitry Zaletnev
> Sent: 20 June 2009 18:24
> To: beowulf at beowulf.org
> Subject: [Beowulf] OpenFOAM, Linux & Compilers
> Dear Sir/Madam!
> A few days ago I tried to compile OpenFOAM, I didn't succeed in
> compiling paraFoam, neiteher I didn't succeed in using ParaView 3.4,

That's a boat load of questions!
An executable is the actual program file of machine instructions which
you run.
I'd guess Windows has the same - think of .exe files!

Regarding Gentoo, it does indeed recompile system executables every time
they are installed,
The thinking being you get best performance when they are optimised for
your exact architectire.
Me, I say if you want to run a code like Openfoam or other scientific
application stick to a mainstream distribution.
Like Redhat Enterprise, Fedora, SuSE (Enterprise or OpenSUSE).
I may be wrong, as I am not a Gentoo weenie.

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