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Code Saturne on Qarnot – documentation

by Thanh Tri Nguyen - October 8, 2021 - Documentation


Code Saturne is an open source software for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations developed by EDF. Running your Code Saturne simulation on Qarnot is as easy as uploading your case and launching a script. Here’s a walk-through of the steps.


The test case uses Code Saturne 6.2.1.

Release year Version
2020 6.2.1

If you are interested in another version, please send us an email at

Test case

Please ensure that you have created a Qarnot account here.

This test case is based on the shear driven cavity flow tutorial simulation. You can find more information about the test case here. You can download the case folder here, which contains the mesh and case setup files. You should put it at the same folder level as the script to launch the calculation. Please note that it needs to be unzipped before it can be used on Qarnot.

Launching the case

Before starting a calculation with the Python SDK, a few steps are required:

  • Retrieve the authentication token (here)
  • Install Qarnot’s Python SDK (here)

Note: in addition to the Python SDK, Qarnot provides C# and Node.js SDKs and a Command Line.
Once everything is set up, the following script needs to be used to start the calculation.

Be sure you have copied your authentication token in the script (instead of <<<MY_SECRET_TOKEN>>>) to be able to launch the task on Qarnot.

To launch this script, simply copy the following code in a Python script, put at the same level as the cavity folder and execute python3 & in your terminal.


At any given time, you can monitor the status of your task on the general general web interface Console. The following figure shows a successful Code Saturne demo simulation on Qarnot’s console.

You should also now have a result folder in the output bucket and on your computer containing all the numerical results. You can open the file (in the codesaturne_results/test/RESU/date-and-time/post processing folder) in Paraview or any other viewer. You can also use our Paraview Web payload to view the results online if needed.

Wrapping up

That’s it! If you have any questions, please contact and we will help you with pleasure!


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