In order to run SeisSol, you need to first install:

  • Python (>= 3.5)
  • Numpy (>= 1.12.0)
  • hdf5 (>= 1.8, for instructions see below)
  • netcdf (C-Release) (>= 4.4, for instructions see below)
  • Intel compiler (>= 18.0, icc, icpc, ifort) or GCC (>= 9.0, gcc, g++, gfortran)
  • Some MPI implementation (e.g. OpenMPI)
  • ParMETIS for partitioning
  • libxsmm (libxsmm_gemm_generator) for small matrix multiplications
  • PSpaMM ( for small sparse matrix multiplications (required only on Knights Landing or Skylake)
  • CMake (>3.10), for compiling submodules ImpalaJIT and yaml-cpp, and for SeisSol itself

Initial Adjustments to .bashrc

Add the following lines to your .bashrc (vi ~/.bashrc).

# For intel compiler
# source /opt/intel/compiler/VERSION/bin/ intel64

export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH
export EDITOR=vi
export CPATH=$HOME/include:$CPATH

# run "exec bash" or "source ~/.bashrc" to apply environment to the current shell

Installing CMake

# you will need at least version 3.10.2 for GNU Compiler Collection
(cd $(mktemp -d) && wget -qO- | tar -xvz -C "." && mv "./cmake-3.10.2-Linux-x86_64" "${HOME}/bin/cmake")

# use version 3.16.2 for Intel Compiler Collection
(cd $(mktemp -d) && wget -qO- | tar -xvz -C "." && mv "./cmake-3.16.2-Linux-x86_64" "${HOME}/bin/cmake")

ln -s ${HOME}/bin/cmake/bin/cmake ${HOME}/bin

Note that this extracts CMake to the directory ${HOME}/bin/cmake, if you wish you can adjust that path.

Installing HDF5

tar -xaf hdf5-1.8.21.tar.bz2
cd hdf5-1.8.21
CPPFLAGS="-fPIC ${CPPFLAGS}" CC=mpicc FC=mpif90 ./configure --enable-parallel --prefix=$HOME --with-zlib --disable-shared --enable-fortran
make -j8
make install
cd ..

Installing netCDF

tar -xaf netcdf-4.6.1.tar.gz
cd netcdf-4.6.1
CFLAGS="-fPIC ${CFLAGS}" CC=h5pcc ./configure --enable-shared=no --prefix=$HOME --disable-dap
#NOTE: Check for this line to make sure netCDF is build with parallel I/O:
#"checking whether parallel I/O features are to be included... yes" This line comes at the very end (last 50 lines of configure run)!
make -j8
make install
cd ..

Installing Libxsmm

git clone
cd libxsmm
make generator
cp bin/libxsmm_gemm_generator $HOME/bin
cd ..

Installing PSpaMM

git clone
ln -s $(pwd)/PSpaMM/ $HOME/bin

Installing GemmForge (for GPU)

pip install gemmforge

# in case if you need GemmForge with the latest changes
pip install git+

Installing ParMetis (Optional: PUML mesh format)

tar -xvf parmetis-4.0.3.tar.gz
cd parmetis-4.0.3
#edit ./metis/include/metis.h IDXTYPEWIDTH to be 64 (default is 32).
make config cc=mpicc cxx=mpiCC prefix=$HOME
make install
cp build/Linux-x86_64/libmetis/libmetis.a $HOME/lib
cp metis/include/metis.h $HOME/include
cd ..

(Make sure $HOME/include contains metis.h and $HOME/lib contains libmetis.a. Otherwise, compile error: cannot find parmetis.)

Installing ASAGI (Optional)

See section Installing ASAGI.

Compiling SeisSol

Get the latest version of SeisSol on git by cloning the whole repository including all submodules:

git clone
git submodule update --init

Compile SeisSol with (e.g.)

mkdir build-release && cd build-release
make -j48

Here, the DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX controlls, in which folder the software is installed. You have to adjust the CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH and PKG_CONFIG_PATH in the same manner - if you install all dependencies in a different directory, you need to replace ${HOME} by the path to this directory. It is also important that the executables of the matrix mutiplication generators (Libxsmm, PSpaMM) have to be in $PATH. You can also compile just the proxy by make SeisSol-proxy or only SeisSol with make SeisSol-bin

Note: CMake tries to detect the correct MPI wrappers.

You can also run ccmake .. to see all available options and toggle them.

An example of ccmake with some options

Running SeisSol

  1. Follow the instructions on Configuration.
  2. run SeisSol version of interest. To run the example: ./SeisSol_release_.... PARAMETER.PAR

Further information regarding meshing and parameter files etc. can be found in the documentation folder. See also A first example.