• 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

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.