User guide#

This section provides an overview of PySystemCoupling and how to use it.

Although this section describes some main System Coupling concepts, it is not intended to be an introduction to cosimulation and the use of System Coupling. The focus here is on guiding the use of PySystemCoupling to access System Coupling features.


If you are licensed to use System Coupling, you can consult the System Coupling product documentation for detailed product information and tutorial examples. The steps in the product documentation that refer to the command-line interface (CLI) are those that are most readily translated to the PySystemCoupling environment.

Launch() function#

The launch() function in PySystemCoupling creates an instance of System Coupling in the background and sends commands to this service.

syc_session = pysystemcoupling.launch()

The launch() function returns a Session object.

Session object#

A Session object is the client-side access point in PySystemCoupling to a System Coupling server instance. This object exposes an API that allows a System Coupling analysis to be set up and solved. One or more such server sessions can be launched simultaneously from the client.

In addition to providing an API for setting up and solving coupled analyses, the Session object provides access to a few basic capabilities described in the sections that follow.

Connection check#

To confirm that there is a functioning connection to the System Coupling server, call the ping method with this command:

The ping method returns True if a simple call can successfully be made on System Coupling’s gRPC server. Otherwise, the attempt to make the call raises an exception.

Output streaming#

By default, any output that the System Coupling server process prints to its standard output streams (stdout and stderr) is not shown. Output is streamed to the PySystemCoupling session and printed to its console when the following code is used to call the start_output() method:


You can turn off output streaming using this code to call the end_output() method:



When you are finished with a PySystemCoupling session, it is advisable to end it cleanly using the exit() method. If you do not do this, PySystemCoupling will still attempt to clean up any active server sessions when the Python environment is exited, but this is naturally less reliable than a directed exit.

Once you use the following code to call the exit() method on a session object, the object is no longer usable.


# Will raise exception!

However, you can reassign the syc_session variable to a new session with this code:

syc_session = pysystemcoupling.launch()

# Ok

The Session class supports the Python context manager protocol. This means that if a Session is created using a Python with statement, it is automatically cleaned up — that is, exit called on it — upon leaving the scope of the with.

with pysystemcoupling.launch() as syc_session:
    # Use syc_session
    # No need to call syc_session.exit() at the end

# syc_session has been exited at this point


Some basic logging capabilities are accessible via the LOG object. Built on the standard Python logging framework, this object allows you to set a log level as a severity filter and to specify whether logging goes to a file, to the console, or to both.

from ansys.systemcoupling.core import LOG

LOG.set_level("ERROR")  # Log at level Error or more severe