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Error: Out of Memory


The machine ran out of memory. Please choose a larger machine by increasing the number of computing cores or reduce the fineness of your mesh.

What Happened?

This error occurs when the machine selected for your simulation runs out of memory. This means that the machine selected was too small for the simulation to be able to run until it is finished.

What Could Be the Possible Reason?

The machine can run out of memory because of several reasons, as stated below:

  1. The size of the flow domain: The flow domain is too large for the machine to run a simulation, therefore the simulation requires a larger machine.
  2. Element size: The element size is too small which produces a large mesh size.
  3. The selected number of cores: The number of cores you selected for the simulation run is too small.
  4. Radiation: The analysis type includes radiation, and the number of faces in the CAD model is too high.

What Can I Do Now?

You can solve the problem in several ways, as stated below:

CFD and Structural Analysis

  • Use the Standard mesher: The standard mesher is an automatic mesher that produces a three-dimensional unstructured mesh that consists of tetrahedral or hexahedral elements. This mesh ranges from 1-very coarse to 10-very fine.
mesh settings showing how to change meshing algorithm to standard mesher to resolve the out of memory issue
Figure 1: Steps to change the meshing algorithm to standard

You can do this by going to the Mesh and changing the Algorithm to Standard. This will change the meshing algorithm to SimScale’s standard meshing algorithm which takes into account the geometric properties of the model.

Important Information

  • For mesh related solutions, the mesh needs to be regenerated and a new simulation needs to be run. Note that the coarser the mesh, the faster it is to generate.
  • After the number of cores has been increased, a new simulation run will need to be created to implement the change to the number of assigned cores.

  • Enlarge the size of elements: The larger the size of the elements, the lower the number of elements required. You can do this by decreasing the fineness level of the mesh. It is better to decrease the mesh by one level to find the balance between good mesh and enough memory space.
mesh settings showing how to change mesh fineness in simscale to resolve the out of memory issue
Figure 2: Steps to change mesh fineness level

This can be done by going to the Mesh and decreasing the Fineness level. The fineness level will be increased in according to the features of the geometry. It is important to remember that the decreasing the fineness level will make the mesh generate faster.

  • Increase the number of cores: The larger number of cores assigned will increase the memory available for the simulation. Currently, SimScale supports up to 96 cores.
simulation control settings to show how to change number of processors assigned to the simulation to resolve the out of memory issue
Figure 3: Simulation control settings

You can do this by going to Simulation control and changing the number in the Number of processors.

  • Clean the CAD model: The analysis type, which includes radiation, requires higher memory. The memory requirement for the radiation calculations increases with respect to the number of fluid faces in the CAD model. You can consider simplifying the CAD model by reducing the number of faces, such as small faces on the fluid region.


For an LBM or PWC simulation, if the user encounters this error, the solution is to reduce the Fineness of the mesh and this can be done in the Mesh settings of the simulation.

pwc mesh settings to show steps how to reduce mesh fineness
Figure 4: PWC mesh settings
lbm mesh settings to show steps how to reduce mesh fineness to resolve the out of memory issue
Figure 5: LBM mesh settings

Important Information

If none of the above suggestions solved your problem, then please post the issue on our forum or contact us.

Last updated: December 18th, 2020

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