In general ABEC assumes modern PC-hardware, fit for standard MS-Windows 7 or 10+ systems.
Recommended is an amply equipped computer with many CPUs and lots of memory, because ABEC makes extensively use of parallel processing. However, with each used thread also the memory allocation goes up, which should be available.
On 32bit-systems memory is limited to a maximum of 2GByte per process. If you simulate large structures on multiple CPUs it is recommended to run the 64bit version of ABEC. Of course, this assumes a 64bit OS-system with plenty of memory.
It is hard to give reliable prediction of memory consumption. In fact the best measurement-tool is ABEC itself. Run ABEC with different mesh-distributions and frequency ranges and observe Windows' Task-Manager/Performance board. Note, regarding memory consumption, the demo and professional versions of ABEC are identical.
ABEC 3D-viewer runs OpenGL. Make sure your graphic-card is up-to-date. Older graphic-cards sometimes lack a proper 64bit OpenGL-driver.
ABEC should run on all versions of MS-Windows 10, 8 and 7. There is available a 32bit and a 64bit version. The selection is organized automatically by the installer.
With a little expertise it is possible to run ABEC also on Linux using Wine. However COM-service is not supported. Use the clipboard for transporting spectrum-data between ABEC and VACS.
For swift working you also need some further software-tools as explained on the download page.
Installing is straightforward. Open the install application and follow the instructions. The installer selects automatically the correct bit-version of ABEC (32/64bit). Examples are very important, and are part of the installation. The documentation is provided as help-system and is part of the installation.
ABEC is now in its third incarnation, progressing all the time. Luckily compatibility is maintained. Here and there are modifications. Please see here.
There are three license schema for ABEC3: Professional Version, Demo Version and the Student Version. The demo and student versions can be used free of charge.
See the License Agreement.
For the Professional Version a user licence can be purchased. The Professional Version allows to store results from the solving stage of the Boundary Element Analysis. This feature dramatically increases working efficiency because solving typically is the most time consuming step.
The Demo Version provides the same functionality but saving Result Files. This means that after opening a project the first step is solving when working in Boundary Element Mode.
If you work non-commercially with ABEC (student, university, DIY), ask for a Student Version. It is free of charge and has the same features as the professional version.
The user documentation is available as Help. If you are new to ABEC, simply press F1 and we hope you will enjoy the reading! If you want to have a look before installation, here you can download the help-file.
Let us know about your suggestions concerning ABEC, and we also are eager to know about difficulties and any bugs you may come across by using ABEC. Please use the main contact-email.