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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ licensing options

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ offers customers lots of flexibility with different licensing options. We cover each option with a brief explanation on how they work. The image below should give you a general idea of the options sorted by type of usage and size of model(s).

Serial Session + Power Tokens

With this license you can run 1 session at a time where you both mesh and solve on one core. This is for users running simulations on a workstation, and could also be called pay-by-the-core licensing. For every additional core you want to solve on, you need 1 Token. So for example 1 Simcenter STAR-CCM+ Serial Session + 5 tokens would solve on 6 cores in total. When you have a workstation with many cores, the Power Session is the most cost-efficient option.

Power Session

With this license you run 1 session at a time using unlimited cores for a fixed, yearly price. Whether 10 or 10.000 cores are used, you pay the same. If you want to run Simcenter STAR-CCM+ on a big cluster, and maximize throughput of a large simulation, this is the license type for you. Get answers in hours, instead of days, and maximize return on your cluster investment.


This license is mainly for cloud, burst and sporadic usage. You get unlimited cores, and metered usage starting from a minimum of 500 hours. There is unlimited burst capability for peak project loads and you can run multiple jobs at once. Billable hours can be tracked and shared between colleagues, subsidiaries and projects. Power-on-Demand could also be called “Power Session by the hour”. Real time licenses are purchased by the hour, and the credit is valid for 12 months. If this “pay for what you use” method is what you are looking for, follow this link!

Power Tokens

This is a unique approach to Simcenter STAR-CCM+ licensing. Together with a Serial Session they allow you to run one Simcenter STAR-CCM+ job on multiple cores. Each Power Token allows you to utilize one additional core. Power Tokens provide ultimate flexibility as they enable you to run any number of concurrent configurations of a design exploration campaign, each on as many cores as needed. 10 Power Tokens allow you to launch 1 Simcenter STAR-CCM+ session and to access all pre- and post-processing features (with the Simcenter STAR-CCM+ solver being deactivated).

Academic licenses and more information

Academic licenses have to be requested at Siemens Digital Industries Software and are for selected academic institutes only. So if you are a student you should ask your university if they have an educational license available. If not, ask a representative from your university to contact Siemens Digital Industries Software directly at ccm.academic-us.plm@siemens.com.

The price of Simcenter STAR-CCM+ depends on many things and Femto Engineering only operates in the Benelux area. If your business is located somewhere else it is best to contact Siemens Digital Industries Software directly. You can also search for other Siemens resellers in your region with this partnerfinder!

We hope this article helped you understand the various STAR-CCM+ licensing options. Of course, feel free to contact us with your questions.  We are happy to help!

oktober 30, 2019
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Femto Engineering biedt als ingenieursbureau totaaloplossingen voor complexe Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)  in de vorm van consultancy, software, detachering, trainingen, technische ondersteuning en R&D. Wij zijn een geautoriseerde reseller van Simcenter Femap, Simcenter 3D, Simcenter Nastran, Simcenter Star-CCM+ en SDC Verifier in de gehele Benelux.

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