XF users working with either local high-performance computing (HPC) environments or access to Amazon web services must configure their XF user interface in order to queue simulations directly to such systems. External Queue Integration (EQI) must be configured on the cluster by a system administrator before it is available for use in XF.

Each user must follow these steps to submit a job to either an external cluster or the cloud.

Map a Network Drive

Map a network drive.

When working with Windows, users must map a network drive to the common filesystem with the compute cluster:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click on Network and select Map network drive to open the Map Network Drive window.
  3. Select the Drive from the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose a Folder from the drop-down menu or use the Browse button to find a selection.
  5. Click Finish to apply the changes and close the window.

Microsoft's documentation includes instructions for each available version of Windows.

When working with Linux, users should contact their network administrator for assistance.

Set the Application Preferences

Application Preferences.

EQI is enabled by default, but other adjustments can be made through XF's application preferences if desired. Access the application preferences by clicking Edit in the upper-left corner of the XF window and selecting Application Preferences.

Under the Simulation tab, make the desired changes using the following options:

Submit a Simulation

Create FDTD Simulation.

A queue is specified when a simulation is created.

  1. Click on the Simulations button on the right side of the XF window to open the Simulations window.
  2. Select FDTD from the Create Simulation drop-down menu at the top of the Simulations window.
  3. In the Create FDTD Simulation window, select the desired Queue from the drop-down menu in the lower-left corner.
  4. Click Done.

Then, manage simulations in the Simulations window.