Supported Hardware Platforms

Pointwise supports the most popular desktop workstations in use today by CFD practitioners: Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS. It supports each platform's native look-and-feel and provides 3D graphics through the OpenGL industry standard. And Pointwise's native project file is portable across all supported platforms.

Supported Operating Systems
Windows Linux macOS
Microsoft Windows Linux macOS
Windows 8.1 CentOS 7 El Capitan 10.13
Windows 10 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4
  SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop 12.3
  Ubuntu Desktop 16.04  

Requirements for All Platforms

It is recommended that the computer on which you plan to run Pointwise has the following characteristics.

  • At least 16 GB RAM (64 GB recommended)
  • At least 2 GB disk space (512 GB recommended)
  • Ethernet card
  • OpenGL compatible monitor with at least 1280x1024 screen resolution (up to 4K)
  • Dedicated professional graphics card supporting 3D hardware-accelerated OpenGL and 24-bit RGB double-buffering
  • Up-to-date graphics card drivers

It is important to note the following.

  • Pointwise is only delivered for 64-bit platforms.
  • Pointwise does not support remote execution. However, a FAQ with remote execution workarounds is available.


Same look and feel...



...and native file...



...across all three platforms.

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