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The University of Arizona Research Computing facility has many commercial and freeware packages installed on our supercomputers. Our approach to acquisition of additional software depends upon its cost, licensing restrictions, and user interest.
Single User Interest
The license for the software is purchased by the user and his/her department or sponsor. Freeware can be installed by the user in the "unsupported" environment.
If a package is of interest to a group of several users, the best approach at first is for one user to act as a primary sponsor and arrange to split the procurement/licensing costs among the group. In this case, the Research Computing staff may assist in the procurement and billing of other group members as well as doing the installation.
Freeware may be installed by that group into the "unsupported" environment, but may be installed as a module for general use if the Research Computing staff determine the software to be widely relevant.
The High Performance Research Computing team will consider acquiring and supporting software packages that have broad interest among our users. Full facility support will depend on the cost of the package and our ability to comply with any restrictive licensing conditions.
By policy, it is prohibited to use any of the facility's resources in any manner that violates the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR) or the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It is relevant in this regard to be aware that the facility employs analysts who are foreign, nonresident, nationals and who have root-access privileges to all files and data. Specifically, you must agree not use any software or data on facility systems that are restricted under EAR and/or ITAR.