System Requirements

General Requirements

Operating System

  • 64 bit Windows 8 or 10

Minimum Memory

  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)


Since SINDA/FLUINT allows user logic and generates a unique executable each time it is run, you MUST have a copy of the correct compiler.

Prerequisite Software

  • Fortran Compiler
    • Intel® Visual Fortran Version 11.1.048 or newer, or Intel® Visual Fortran Composer XE for Windows or Parallel Studio XE for Windows
      Note: Only the Composer Edition of any version is required. The Professional or Cluster editions will also work, but those editions add features that are not required by SINDA/FLUINT.
    • Review Intel Visual Fortran System Requirements
    • Known Issues
      • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2011: Updates 0 through 9 contained a bug that causes SINDA to fail. Only updates 10-13 work with SINDA/FLUINT 6.0 or newer.
      • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018:  The initial release of this version has issues with the Visual Studio shell not working. Recommend installing 2018 update 1 or newer.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
    The Intel compiler requires MS Visual Studio or Build Tools for Visual Studio 2019 to be installed. Check the Intel system requirements to see which versions of Visual Studio are supported for a particular version of the Intel compiler.

    • Integration with Intel Parallel Studio XE versions 2017, 2018, early 2019: These installers provide an integrated shell version of Visual Studio which will suffice. For these Intel installations, if Visual Studio is not found on the computer, the installer will automatically install the shell version. No purchase of the Microsoft Visual Studio is required. If Visual Studio is already installed on the computer, Intel will integrate with it and not install the shell.
      • Shell installation supporting software requirements
        • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2017 (2013 shell) requires Microsoft SDK 8.1 to be installed
        • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 (2015 shell) requires Microsoft SDK 10 to be installed
        • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2019 inital release, update 1, and update 2 (2015 shell) requires Microsoft SDK 10 to be installed
    • Integration with Intel Parallel Studio XE version 2019 update 3 or newer: These installers do not provide an integrated Visual Studio shell. For these installations you must install MS Visual Studio or Build Tools 2019.
      • Build Tools for Visual Studio 2019
        • Build Tools is a subset of Visual Studio which allows you to build Visual Studio projects from a command-line interface. This is all that is required to support CRTech software.
        • Compatible with Intel Parallel Studio XE 2019 update 4 or newer, and Intel Parallel Studio XE 2020.
        • Recommended: This is the simplest and lowest cost option to support the Intel compiler usage with CRTech software.
      • MS Visual Studio Community
        • For classroom learning environments, academic research, or for contributing to open source projects, Visual Studio Community can be used at no cost.
        • For non-enterprise organizations, up to five users can use Visual Studio Community.
        • Enterprise organizations (>250 PCs or > US$1 million annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic, classroom training.
      • MS Visual Studio Professional or Enterprise
        • For enterprise organizations which do not meet the Community requirements.
    • Visit Microsoft's website for free trial downloads
    • Visit Microsofts website for pricing details

Thermal Desktop®, RadCAD®, and FloCAD®

Prerequisite Software

  • SINDA/FLUINT, which is the solution engine, must be installed
  • CAD Package: AutoCAD® 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. 2019 and 2020. The standard version AutoCAD is required, AutoCAD LT is not compatible.
    Also see Autocad system requirements
    Thermal Desktop 6.0 was the last version that will support AutoCAD 2013 and 2014 
    Thermal Desktop 6.1 will be the last version to support AutoCAD 2015 and 2016


  • Discrete graphics card with a minimum of 1 GB GPU Direct 11 compliant (4 GB GPU recommended), see Autodesk's website for certified graphics cards
  • Display resolution: 1280 x 800 minimum or finer with 100% font size recommended​

TD Direct®

Prerequisite Software

Open TD

Prerequisite Software

  • Thermal Desktop version 6.1
  • CAD Package: AutoCAD, 2017 or newer is required
  • C# compiler or the ability to reference .NET assemblies (e.g., using MATLAB or Python)