• NVidia display driver version 418.96 or newer. It is recommended to have the latest version of your display driver installed.

  • Microsoft MPI v10.0 (Optional. This is provided as part of the M-Star package now. You may install this yourself if your specific environment requires it)


Run the msi file downloaded from the M-Star CFD Download Portal to install the software. This installation file contains:

  • M-Star Build

  • M-Star Solver

  • M-Star Post

Multi-GPU Setup


  • GPU itself must support TCC mode (generally limited to Quadro and Tesla products)

  • TCC mode set on GPUs participating in the simulation

  • Monitor must not be connected to any TCC mode GPU

  • MS-MPI is installed

When using multiple GPUs to run M-Star, each GPU participating in the simulation must be in “TCC Mode”. TCC mode disables the graphics capability of the GPU, putting the GPU into a mode where only CUDA calculations may take place. This means that you may not connect the monitor to any GPU that is in GPU mode. Therefore, when using multiple GPUs for M-Star on windows, you will need an auxiliary GPU dedicated for running the desktop environment.

good gpu setup

Fig. 1 This is an example of a good multi-GPU setup on Windows

In the figure above, GPUs 1 and 2 would be setup in TCC mode and used for M-Star simulations. GPU 3 would be dedicated for desktop display purposes and left in the default WDDM mode.

To set the GPUs in TCC mode, open a command window in Administrator mode. Then identify where the “nvidia-smi” utility is installed. It is typically located at one of the following locations

  • "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVSMI\nvidia-smi"

  • "C:\Windows\System32\nvidia-smi"

  1. In the command window enter (note the quotes around the path). This shows all the GPUs in your machine. Take note of the GPUs you want to set in TCC mode.

    "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVSMI\nvidia-smi" -L
  2. Then for each GPU you want to place in TCC mode, enter the following. Replace ID_HERE with the index from the previous step

    "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVSMI\nvidia-smi" -g ID_HERE -dm 1

The -dm 1 argument sets the GPU in TCC mode. The -g 0 argument selects GPU index 0 from step (1). Use the argument -dm 0 to place a GPU back into the default WDDM mode.

  1. Reboot the computer

  2. Open the command window again (cmd.exe) and run the following to verify. Ensure the configured GPUs show as being in TCC mode:

    "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVSMI\nvidia-smi" --query-gpu=index,name,driver_model.current --format=csv

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ParaView (Optional)

Although M-Star provides a customized post-processing utility, some users may benefit from post processing their data in ParaView. ParaView is a free, open-source post-processing software developed by Kitware, Inc and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Visit the ParaView Download portal to download the latest Windows version of the ParaView software.

The data generated by M-Star Solve takes the form of ASCII text files (for numerical data output) and binary VTI files (for graphics and visualization). ASCII and VTI files are common formats supported by most commercial and open-source scientific visualization packages. Although ParaView is recommended, it is not required to post-processes the output data.