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The goal of this brochure is to get you using your PSCAD software as quickly as possible. Please look over the sections on hardware/ software requirements and supported FORTRAN compilers before proceeding.
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
The following are the recommended specifications. Category Operating System1 Additional Software Peripherals Supported Microsoft Windows XP32 Pro SP2, XP64 Pro Microsoft Windows Vista 32, Vista 64 Microsoft Windows 7 Intel Visual Fortran Microsoft.NET Framework 3.52 One USB port3
Personal computers configured with slower processors and lesser RAM may be used, but slower execution performance will result. In other words, simulation speed increases with processor speed and amount of RAM.
Any boundaries imposed on your projects will depend mainly on which PSCAD edition you are using. The following tables list the most commonly encountered boundaries.
1 PSCAD is a 32-bit application, but will operate on 64-bit platforms, provided the 64-bit hardware drivers are installed for the hardware lock (SUL or if the License Manager is installed). 2 The PSCAD X4 installer program requires that Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 be installed prior to installing your PSCAD X4 product. This version of the software comes complete with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, but is not included with Microsoft Windows XP or Vista; to download Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, visit www.microsoft.com. 3 USB port is required for hardware lock. A parallel port type lock is still supported, but is deprecated.
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536 Limit Unlimited4 Unlimited Unlimited 1. The following commercially available compilers are presently supported: 4 See Edition Specific Boundaries below.536 256 Unlimited 30 1.768 Professional 256 Unlimited 1.024 65. 2 Getting Started Brochure .768 Educational 1 200 64 32.024 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited SUPPORTED FORTRAN COMPILERS PSCAD requires a Fortran compiler to build and simulate projects.990 1.024 65.Getting Started PSCAD Imposed Boundaries (all Editions and Compilers) Description Electrical nodes Transformers Mutually coupled windings Module definitions Components Component Graphical Layers T-Lines/Cables Conductors per T-line ROW Output channels available in PSCAD Output channels available in EMTDC Data signal dimension Radio Transmitters/Receivers STOR allocations STORF/L/I/C allocations Edition Specific Boundaries Description Electrical Subsystems Electrical Nodes Modules Components Student 1 15 5 32.024 9.
x. When an Getting Started Brochure The license manager can only license PSCAD clients that are on the same network as itself. and was then the only licensing option available. called the GFortran 95 compiler. Contact our Sales Desk (sales@pscad. A multi-user set-up is capable of providing multiple users on multiple machines the ability to run multiple combinations of various licensable editions of PSCAD. LICENSE MANAGEMENT All PSCAD software editions. mainly for its superior debugging environment and optimization features. it is recommended that you purchase the Intel Visual Fortran compiler. and should be used if there will be several PSCAD users. which can be accessed by any computer (including the host). the GFortran compiler is available as a separate file. which contains licensing information for the purpose of validation. Licensing is organized and controlled using License Manager software.com). With this configuration. this method has the potential to afford a lot of freedom when operating over a LAN. except the Student Edition.x Intel Visual Fortran 9. which is part of the Internet Protocol Standards). which can exist either as a separate.Getting Started • • Compaq Visual Fortran 6. and where the network is constrained by its network class (the term ‘network class’ is defined by RFC-960. standalone program. is provided on your PSCAD CD (or may be downloaded from our website: www. on a Local Area Network (LAN). the license manager is used in conjunction with a hardware lock (also known as a dongle).pscad. The following sections describe each type of licensing arrangement in detail. and on what type of license(s) you purchased. if a user is sufficiently licensed.x & 11.com) for purchasing details.x For your convenience. 10. In multi-user licensing. The type of licensing arrangement that is best for you depends on how you wish to utilize PSCAD. the license manager software is installed as a standalone program. must be licensed. If you are the owner of a professional PSCAD license. a free FORTRAN compiler. The subnet masks on the PSCAD and license manager machines may need to be adjusted. If you have downloaded the Student Edition or Trial Edition from our web site. so that PSCAD can contact the license manager machine 3 . In other words. or embedded within PSCAD itself. Multi-User Licensing The multi-user licensing (MUL) method was first introduced with PSCAD V3.
Here. so that up to three users can run PSCAD simultaneously. as requested. For example. The number of users that can access PSCAD simultaneously over the LAN depends on the number of licenses purchased. but a standalone license manager program is not required. PSCAD may also be installed on the license manager server machine if desired. The number of licenses owned does not limit the number of PSCAD installations on the LAN! You can install PSCAD on every machine in your organization if you wish. an 4 Getting Started Brochure . Multi-user licenses can be time limited or infinite (no time limit).Getting Started instance of PSCAD is started somewhere on the LAN. so that several products can be licensed by the same license manager. if there are a total of two Professional Edition licenses. and checks the information on the dongle for verification. Each licensable edition of PSCAD possesses a separate product number. The license manager determines whether a license is available. it will request or relinquish a license respectively. EXAMPLE: A PSCAD user owns three professional edition licenses programmed onto one dongle. which will grant licenses to other machines on the network. a license will be requested from the license manager. Single-User Licensing Single-user licensing (SUL) still involves the use of a dongle. The license manager and dongle need to be installed on only one computer in a network. Each time a user opens or closes the PSCAD program. This computer will act as the license manager server. then only two users may use the professional edition at the same time. The above diagram illustrates how the user could install the license manager on a LAN.
A single-user license will only allow a single user on a single machine to run only one instance of a licensable edition of PSCAD. and to provide access to full PSCAD functionality.e. Note the absence of the license manager as a separate program. the user must request a trial license after PSCAD is installed. neither the license manager nor the dongle is required. A trial license is a special type of singleuser license. with all SE limitations imposed (i. The latest installed trial license will overwrite any previously existing trial licenses. Trial Licensing In order to simplify the evaluation process. Trial licenses are locked to the hardware and registry of a particular machine and are therefore not transferable from one machine to another. where a time limit is mandatory and the user may only possess a single trial license. or network card during the duration of the trial license period. Any one of these changes will cause your trial license to be invalidated. Note that until the trial license is approved and sent by the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre Inc. the installed copy of PSCAD will function as a Student Edition (SE). The above diagram illustrates how the user would install PSCAD as a single-user configuration. trial licensing is available for the educational and professional editions. Getting Started Brochure 5 . and will NOT allow access from other machines.Getting Started embedded license manager. With trial licensing. EXAMPLE: A PSCAD user owns one professional edition license programmed onto a single dongle. However.. manages the licenses. within the PSCAD program itself. Do not upgrade your operating system. Single-user licenses can be time limited or infinite (no time limit). 15 electrical nodes maximum). even if it is connected to a LAN. hard drive. Singleuser licensing is designed especially for use on standalone machines and laptops.
’ which usually exists as an electronic file. Any combination of PSCAD products can be included and used interchangeably with this license 6 Getting Started Brochure .Getting Started Hardware Locks (Dongles) The license manager software supports the following types of hardware locks: Sentinal SuperPro™ 797. or on any machine running PSCAD. The SLM can operate on a dedicated server. LICENSE MANAGER SOFTWARE In addition to the standalone license manager software that was first introduced with PSCAD V3.txt. License Key The license key is an ASCII text file named ‘license. Low Profile Parallel Port Hardware Lock Sentinal SuperPro™ USB. There are a few important points to discuss regarding the maintenance and operation of the license manager. This file contains encrypted information designed to act as a ‘Key’ to adding or upgrading licenses (both single-user and standalone) to the license database file. Standalone License Manager The Standalone License Manager (SLM) is used only with multiuser licenses. The type of license manager you will need depends on your licensing arrangement. These are outlined in the following sections as well. the PSCAD package now includes two additional types of license manager. USB Port Hardware Lock The parallel port dongle is perfect for laptop computers. The serial and parallel port locks are compatible with all Windows platforms on which PSCAD is supported. as it features a low profile and does not protrude from the back of the machine (and typically does not ever need to be removed). which is used directly by the license manager. is required for both the PSCAD professional and educational editions.
’ which is located under . please attach the log file (i. the TLM will not grant licenses to other machines on the LAN. Attempting to start a second instance of a certain product (say professional edition). send us an email at PSCAD Support Services (support@pscad. time limited license of the professional or educational edition (multiple trial licenses are not supported).txt. Local License Manager The Local License Manager (LLM) is utilized only when running under a single-user license. will force the second instance to run as the student edition.txt) to the email.Getting Started manager.\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ Manitoba HVDC Research Centre\License Manager. All SLM events and transactions are recorded in a log file entitled ‘Lmgrd-log. this file contains important information about the cause of any problems. If problems arise with the operation of your license manager software. As with the local license manager. The TLM supports only a single. go to START | Programs | HVDC Lmgr and run the ‘Get License Info’ utility and attach the generated ‘Get License Info’ file (getinfo. When troubleshooting. and only one instance of a trial license may be active at one time. The SLM usually starts automatically when the machine is booted and runs as a background process..e. Installation instructions for the SLM are given later in this chapter. it will not support multiple instances of any individual PSCAD product. If the solution remains elusive. Also.. To ensure efficient response time. Lmgrd-log. first please try to address the problem using the clues found in the log file.com) with a detailed description of the problem. Although the LLM will support multiple product licenses.txt). Trial License Manager The Trial License Manager (TLM) is utilized only when running under a lockless trial license. Getting Started Brochure 7 . Any additional instances of PSCAD will run as the student edition. Maintenance and Support Once the license manager is installed and running. it is a good idea for the person operating the designated license manager server to maintain the software and ensure proper operation.
<LicenseID><#seconds of use>. 7328. <finish time>: The time that the user quit the PSCAD application. <start time>: The time that the LM granted the PSCAD license to the user. Local for users using PSCAD on the same machine as the LM machine. Mon Aug 22 10:49:17 2005 The format of the file is as follows: <user id>. <user location>: Remote for users using PSCAD on machines other than the LM machine.txt. 7327. <finish time> Description: • • • • • • Once you have submitted trial license request. such as PSCAD editions is logged to a file.. This information is saved in a comma-separated variable (*. <LicenseID>: This is the license ID of the granted license. <Pscad Edition>: Can be Pro or Edu. lha. Remote.txt).csv) file called ‘PscadUsage. <user location>. you may be interested in a time limited evaluation license for the professional edition. <userid>: This is the login userid of the PSCAD user. 177. Remote. Trial licensing is only available for the professional and educational editions.. or if you would like to review the component design features.txt). <Pscad Edition>. and appears in the LM log file (lmgrd-log. Use of student edition is not logged as it is not a licensed edition and does not require the LM. If interested. Mon Aug 22 10:48:39 2005 176.’ which is located in the . please follow the procedures below to receive your trial license. This file can be directly imported into a spreadsheet program.Getting Started PSCAD Usage Log The usage of all licensed PSCAD editions. Pro.\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Manitoba HVDC Research Centre\License Manager directory on the machine running the license manager software. The following is a sample line from a ‘PscadUsage. <start time>. Mon Aug 22 10:46:21 2005. Pro.txt’ file: lha. Mon Aug 22 10:45:42 2005. TRIAL LICENSES If you have already installed the student edition and require more than the fixed 15 electrical node limit. 8 Getting Started Brochure . and in the PSCAD usage log file (PscadLmgr. a new license key will be sent pending approval.
you must provide us with some specifics on the PC you will be using to run PSCAD. which contains important machine metrics. Open the PSCAD student edition and go to Edit | System Settings. This data is required to create a trial license file and is held in the strictest confidentiality. in the main menu bar to open the system settings dialog. Getting Started Brochure 9 . 3. The following procedure outlines how to request a trial license: 1. leave this path and filename as default..Getting Started Requesting a Trial License As part of the requesting a trial license procedure. enter a filename and path in the input field entitled Generate Trial License Request or use the Browse button to navigate to the desired directory. 2. This information is supplied to us in the form of a text file. To avoid confusion. Press the ‘Generate’ button directly to the right of this field.. This will specify where PSCAD is to place the trial license request file once it is generated. Select the License tab near the top of the dialog. In the Trial License area of this dialog. such as computer name and other operating system information.
Getting Started 4. A trial license request dialog will appear confirming the placement of the file. Click Yes to proceed to Step 7. 6. 10 Getting Started Brochure . If you decide to send the file at a later time. 5. PSCAD will generate the trial license request file and place it in the directory specified in Step 3. Click No if you wish to email the trial license request file at a later time. A dialog will appear asking if you would like to email the trial license request file now. Enter all required information into the form and then click the Submit button near the bottom of the form. If all fields in Step 4 were entered correctly. A Trial License Registration entry form will appear.
See the next section entitled Installing a Trial License upon receipt of your trial license key.com).) while waiting for your trial license Key Getting Started Brochure 11 . Do not upgrade your operating system. Remember to manually attach the trial license request file to email in Step 8 (the file will located in the directory specified in Step 3). hard drives. Another dialog will appear with a simple warning. etc. or change any hardware configuration (i. 7. change your system clock.e. motherboard. com). as this is contained within your trial license request file anyway. The body of the email will contain the information given in Step 4 and the sending address is set to PSCAD Sales (sales@pscad. Send the email to PSCAD Sales (sales@pscad. you do not need to add the text to the body of the email. Please read carefully: 8. PSCAD will then open a new email form from your default email tool. If you generated your trial license request file at an earlier time.Getting Started you can start at Step 8 of this procedure. You should receive a response within the next couple of days. as the file has already been created. 9.
‘Trial.e.e. Select the License tab near the top of the dialog. 2.e. enter the filename and path to your ‘Trial. change your system clock. • • The following procedure outlines how to install a trial license: 1.txt’ file in the input field entitled Install 12 Getting Started Brochure . Open the student edition and go to Edit | System Settings.. hard drives. please note the following important points: • • The trial license can only be installed on the computer from which it was requested. Save the trial license key (i. If you encounter problems during this process.txt’). 4. in the main menu bar to open the system settings dialog. motherboard. contact us at PSCAD Support Services (support@pscad.) during the course of the trial license period. Before proceeding with installation. When operating under a trial license. or change any hardware configuration (i. ‘Trial.com). PSCAD will only run if it is the only PSCAD instance active on your machine. 3. The trial license will not operate if certain computer system configurations are changed. Quit all other instances of PSCAD prior to starting with a trial license.Getting Started Installing a Trial License Upon approval of your trial license request. Do not: Upgrade your operating system. In the trial license area of this dialog. you will receive an email from us with your trial license key attached (i.. etc.txt’ file) somewhere on your hard drive (say C:\temp).
INSTALLING PSCAD Installing your PSCAD software should be a straightforward process.com). please contact the PSCAD Support Desk (support@pscad. Insert CD into a compatible optical drive.Getting Started Trial License or press the Browse button to navigate to the file. Close the student edition and then open the licensed edition. press the Install button directly to the right of this field. sequential installer dialog. If the license does not install correctly. Follow the instructions given in each. 1. please contact us at PSCAD Support Services (support@ pscad. The installer should start automatically. Click the OK button. See Viewing Active License Information for details on checking if your trial license is running properly. If trial license is installed correctly.com) for assistance. a trial license installation dialog will appear confirming this. 2. Getting Started Brochure 13 . along with the expiry date of the Trial License. 5. If problems do arise. 6. Once entered.
Therefore when creating a desktop shortcut.exe” EDU Student Edition: “C:\Program Files\PSCAD4xx\bin\win\PSCAD.exe” PRO Educational Edition: “C:\Program Files\PSCAD4xx\bin\win\PSCAD.Getting Started Finalizing your Installation All editions of PSCAD come complete as one executable file. add one of the suffixes described below to your shortcut path. Professional Edition: “C:\Program Files\PSCAD4xx\bin\win\PSCAD.exe” 14 Getting Started Brochure .
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