Fidelity Pointwise Release Notes

  • Version: V18.6 Release 1
  • Release Date: May 2022
  • News Release: TBD

Overview

Pointwise is our leading mesh generation software product for CFD, encompassing nearly three decades of technology development. The product features a modern software framework and workflow and provides tools like 64-bit support, multi-threading, and Windows/Linux/Mac portability.

These release notes are provided as a reference for the new features included in the latest version of Pointwise as well as any known issues that were resolved.

New Features

  • Fidelity Pointwise 2022.1 now uses FlexNet for license management. Fidelity Pointwise V18.6 (functionally equivalent) supports Reprise License Manager.
  • A function was added to the unstructured block solver that speeds up T-Rex initialization times by allowing T-Rex to advance multiple layers with each step.
  • Two new examine metrics were added for estimating required curving during high-order export: Database Deviation and Relative Database Deviation.
  • Domains created by using On Database Entities now inherit the quilt name.
  • Saving a file using Save Selection As will now keep only the named layers that contain selected entities rather than keeping all named layers.
  • A new keyboard shortcut was added for isolating masks: Ctrl + LMB + Mask toolbar icon.
  • A new Glyph command was added to compute the minimum distance between database surfaces.
  • A new ability to hide assigned volume conditions was added to the CAE, Volume Conditions panel.
  • The default value for voxel transition layers was updated to 5.
  • The following versions are now supported for database import: NX CR 1980, Parasolid 33, and Creo 8.

Resolved Issues

SPR Description
PW-15231Improvements were added to make T-Rex faster.
PW-19130Domains created using On Database Entities now inherit quilt names.
PW-20953Using Save Selection As now only keeps the names of layers containing selected entities instead of keeping all named layers.
PW-21994A Glyph command was added for computing the minimum distance between database surfaces.
PW-22028Ability was added to hide assigned volume conditions.
PW-23491The default value for voxel transition layers was changed from 3 to 5.
PW-23874Assemble Models was incorrectly producing a larger model count.
PW-24058When importing USM3D files, boundary conditions with the same name and different types were being merged together.
PW-24089Opening Pointwise by double clicking on a file sometimes resulted in a crash.
PW-24093T-Rex was stopping on the first layer when growing layers off of a structured domain.
PW-24130A confusing error message was reported when importing CGNS files with a newer CGNS version.
PW-24144Translational Extrusion was reporting positive skewed cells in V18.5 but not in V18.4.

Previous Versions

Pointwise V18.5 R2

Platform Support

  Hardware 64-bit
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
Intel
AMD
Linux
Linux
Intel
AMD
macOS
macOS
Intel

Requirements for All Platforms

Minimum Requirements:

  • 16 GB RAM (64 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB disk space (512 GB recommended)
  • Ethernet card
  • OpenGL compatible monitor with at least 1280x1024 screen resolution (up to 4K)
  • Dedicated professional graphics card supporting 3D hardware-accelerated OpenGL and 24-bit RGB double-buffering
  • OpenGL 2.0 or higher
  • Up-to-date graphics card drivers

Important Notes:

Microsoft Windows

Operating System 64-bit  
Windows 8.1 Windows 8 Compatible
Windows 10 Windows 10 Compatible

Linux

Operating System Version 64-bit
CentOS 7
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4
SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop 12.3
Ubuntu Desktop 16.04

Linux Library Dependencies

Listed below are the specific versions of library packages that we have on our test machines where we know Fidelity Pointwise works. Other dependencies (e.g. libGL) are not explicitly listed below as they should be part of any standard install that includes the packages listed below.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4

fontconfig-2.10.95-11.el7
freetype-2.8-14.el7
glibc-2.17-196.el7
libX11-1.6.5-1.el7
libXScrnSaver-1.2.2-6.1.el7
libXau-1.0.8-2.1.el7
libpng-1.5.13-7.el7_2
libxcb-1.12-1.el7
libxkbcommon-0.7.1-1.el7
libxkbcommon-x11-0.7.1-1.el7
xcb-util-0.4.0-2.el7
xcb-util-image-0.3.9-4.el7
xcb-util-keysyms-0.3.9-5.el7
xcb-util-renderutil-0.3.9-3.el7
xcb-util-wm-0.3.9-5.el7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2

fontconfig-2.13.1-3.el8
freetype-2.9.1-4.el8
glibc-2.28-72.el8
libX11-1.6.7-1.el78
libX11-xcb-1.6.7-1.el8
libXScrnSaver-1.2.3-1.el8
libXau-1.0.8-13.el8
libpng-1.6.34-5.el8
libxcb-1.13-5.el8
libxkbcommon-0.8.2-1.el8
libxkbcommon-x11-0.8.2-1.el8
xcb-util-0.4.0-10.el8
xcb-util-image-0.4.0-9.el8
xcb-util-keysyms-0.4.0-7.el8
xcb-util-renderutil-0.3.9-10.el8
xcb-util-wm-0.4.1-12.el8

SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop 12.3

fontconfig-2.11.1-7.1
glibc-2.22-2.22-62.19.1
libX11-6-1.6.2-11.1
libX11-xcb1-1.6.2-11.1
libXau6-1.0.8-4.58
libXext6-1.3.2-3.61
libXss1-1.2.2-8.54
libfreetype6-2.6.3-7.10.1
libpng16-16-1.6.8-14.1
libpng16-16-1.6.8-14.1
libxcb-icccm4-0.4.0-1.16
libxcb-image0-0.3.9-8.60
libxcb-keysyms1-0.3.9-8.54
libxcb-randr0-1.10-3.1
libxcb-render-util0-0.3.8-8.52
libxcb-render0-1.10-3.1
libxcb-shape0-1.10-3.1
libxcb-shm0-1.10-3.1
libxcb-sync1-1.10-3.1
libxcb-util1-0.3.9-10.54
libxcb-xfixes0-1.10-3.1
libxcb-xinerama0-1.10-3.1
libxcb-xkb1-1.10-3.1
libxcb1-1.10-3.1
libxkbcommon-x11-0-0.6.1-7.4
libxkbcommon0-0.6.1-7.4

Ubuntu 16.04

libfontconfig1:amd64-2.11.94-0ubuntu1
libfreetype6:amd64-2.6.1-0.1ubuntu2
libpng12-0:amd64-1.2.54-1ubuntu1
libx11-6:amd64-2:1.6.3-1ubuntu2
libx11-xcb1:amd64-2:1.6.3-1ubuntu2
libxau6:amd64-1-1.0.8-1
libxcb-icccm4:amd64-0.4.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-image0:amd64-0.4.0-1build1
libxcb-keysyms1:amd64-0.4.0-1
libxcb-randr0:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-render-util0:amd64-0.3.9-1
libxcb-render0:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-shape0:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-shm0:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-sync1:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-util1:amd64-0.4.0-0ubuntu3
libxcb-xfixes0:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-xinerama0:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-xkb1:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb1:amd64-1.11.1-1ubuntu1
libxdmcp6:amd64-1-1.1.2-1.1
libxext6:amd64-2-1.3.3-1
libxkbcommon-x11-0:amd64-0.5.0-1ubuntu2
libxkbcommon0:amd64-0.5.0-1ubuntu2
libxss1:amd64-1-1.2.2-1

Ubuntu 18.04

libfontconfig1:amd64-2.12.6-0ubuntu2
libfreetype6:amd64-2.8.1-2ubuntu2.1
libpng16-16:amd64-1.6.34-1ubuntu0.18.04.2
libx11-6:amd64-2:1.6.4-3ubuntu0.4
libx11-xcb1:amd64-2:1.6.4-3ubuntu0.4
libxau6:amd64-1:1.0.8-1ubuntu1
libxcb-icccm4:amd64-0.4.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-image0:amd64-0.4.0-1build1
libxcb-keysyms1:amd64-0.4.0-1
libxcb-randr0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-render-util0:amd64-0.3.9-1
libxcb-render0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-shape0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-shm0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-sync1:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-util1:amd64-0.4.0-0ubuntu3
libxcb-xfixes0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-xinerama0:amd64-1.13-1
libxcb-xkb1:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb1:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxdmcp6:amd64-1:1.1.2-3
libxext6:amd64-2:1.3.3-1
libxkbcommon-x11-0:amd64-0.8.2-1 ubuntu18.04.1
libxkbcommon0:amd64-0.8.2-1 ubuntu18.04.1
libxss1:amd64-1-1.2.2-1

Ubuntu 20.04

libfontconfig1:amd64-2.12.6-0ubuntu2
libfreetype6:amd64-2.8.1-2ubuntu2.1
libpng16-16:amd64-1.6.34-1ubuntu0.18.04.2
libx11-6:amd64-2:1.6.4-3ubuntu0.4
libx11-xcb1:amd64-2:1.6.4-3ubuntu0.4
libxau6:amd64-1:1.0.8-1ubuntu1
libxcb-icccm4:amd64-0.4.1-1ubuntu1
libxcb-image0:amd64-0.4.0-1build1
libxcb-keysyms1:amd64-0.4.0-1
libxcb-randr0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-render-util0:amd64-0.3.9-1
libxcb-render0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-shape0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-shm0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-sync1:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-util1:amd64-0.4.0-0ubuntu3
libxcb-xfixes0:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb-xinerama0:amd64-1.13-1
libxcb-xkb1:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxcb1:amd64-1.13-2 ubuntu18.04
libxdmcp6:amd64-1:1.1.2-3
libxext6:amd64-2:1.3.3-1
libxkbcommon-x11-0:amd64-0.8.2-1 ubuntu18.04.1
libxkbcommon0:amd64-0.8.2-1 ubuntu18.04.1
libxss1:amd64-1-1.2.2-1

Ubuntu 21.04

libfontconfig1:amd64-2.13.1-4.2ubuntu3
libfreetype6:amd64-2.10.4+dfsg-1build1
libpng16-16:amd64-1.5.37-3build3
libx11-6:amd64-2:1.7.0-2build2
libx11-xcb1:amd64-2:1.7.0-2build2
libxau6:amd64-1:1.0.9-1build3
libxcb-icccm4:amd64-0.4.1-1.1
libxcb-image0:amd64-0.4.0-1build1
libxcb-keysyms1:amd64-0.4.0-1build1
libxcb-randr0:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb-render-util0:amd64-0.3.9-1build1
libxcb-render0:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb-shape0:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb-shm0:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb-sync1:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb-util1:amd64-0.4.0-1
libxcb-xfixes0:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb-xinerama0:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb-xkb1:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxcb1:amd64-1.14-3ubuntu1
libxdmcp6:amd64-1:1.1.3-0ubuntu3
libxext6:amd64-2:1.3.4-0ubuntu3
libxkbcommon-x11-0:amd64-1.0.3-2
libxkbcommon0:amd64-1.0.3-2
libxss1:amd64-1-1.2.3-1

macOS

Operating System Version 64-bit
Mojave 10.14

Other Versions

Pointwise V18.6 R1
Pointwise V18.5 R2
Pointwise V18.5 R1
Pointwise V18.4 R4
Pointwise V18.4 R3
Pointwise V18.4 R2
Pointwise V18.3 R2
Pointwise V18.3 R1
Pointwise V18.2 R2
Pointwise V18.2 R1
Pointwise V18.1 R2
Pointwise V18.1 R1
Pointwise V18.0 R4
Pointwise V18.0 R3
Pointwise V18.0 R2
Pointwise V18.0 R1