Meshing with PUMGen


PUMGen ( is a tool for creating and exporting meshes in an efficient format (see PUML Mesh format). We recommend using PUMGen, in particular when large meshes have to be generated. PUMGen uses SimModeler libraries for meshing. Here is a basic example of use:
pumgen -s simmodsuite -l SimModelerLib.lic --mesh "Mesh case 1" --analysis "Analysis case 1" test.smd test
The Analysis and meshing attributes of the model file test.smd have been first defined using the GUI of SimModeler, as detailed in Meshing with SimModeler. In particular, the –mesh and –analysis attributes are set according to the mesh attributes and analysis attributes defined in the mesh and analysis tabs (SimModeler GUI). This script will generate 2 files: test and test.xdmf describing the mesh (see PUML Mesh format).

The “Minimum insphere found” output of PUMgen allows checking the mesh quality. The minimum insphere of a quality mesh is of about 1/10 or more of the minimum mesh size specified. Smaller values might impact your time step, and then your simulation time, but not so much if using local time stepping. Also note the –analyseAR option of PUMgen, allowing to produce a histogram of the mesh aspect ratios, similarly to SimModeler GUI (require branch ‘xml’).

PUMGen can be used to convert an ASCII *.neu mesh file (for instance from gmsh) to the xmdf mesh format:
pumgen test.neu test
PUMGen can be also used to convert a netcdf mesh file (older SeisSol mesh file format) to the xmdf mesh format:
pumgen -s netcdf test
Multiprocessing can be used to speed up the process:
mpirun -n 4 pumgen -s netcdf test
Note that version < 10 of Simulation Modeling Suite do not support parallel volume meshing.

Parametrizing PUMGen with an xml file

The parametrization of meshing and analysis attributes using the GUI of SimModeler can be tedious, particularly for heavy models (>Gb smd file, with finely sampled topography or fault surface) or when running parametric studies with different meshes or analysis attributes. The ‘xml’ branch of PUMGen offers a way to tag boundary conditions surfaces and to set mesh attributes using a xml file. In addition, this allows keeping track of the meshing parameters in an xml file. A typical xml file can be found here.
A typical use of the parametrization through xml file could be:
pumgen -s simmodsuite -l SimModelerLib.lic --xml meshAttributes.xml test.smd test

To determine which surface correspond to which id, the simple way of proceeding is to use SimModeler GUI. Another option could be using the –prbfc option of PUMgen to probe the coordinates of the model’s faces. Finally, note that with the xml option, PUMgen can also take an stl file as an input. If used in combination with the –prbfc option of PUMGen, it is then theoretically possible to completely avoid using the GUI of SimModeler (yet, the import from stl of SimModeler lib does not seem to be working properly to date).