Licence and access policies

Most applications on the HPC machines have their own license based on the usage and on the user’s affiliation of the user to the university hosting the machines. In general, the application and tool licenses fall under these types:

  1. Academic license - generally available to academic users based in Norway. There are other definitions that are specific to an application, therefore, check with the license agreement.

  2. Open-source license - users are allowed to freely use and distribute the library or tool with some restrictions. Some examples include the GNU Public License and the MIT License. A good overview of open source licenses can be found at the Open Source Initiative.

  3. Commercial license - may be granted to an individual, project, or organization. See the list below for available licenses at NRIS.

It is the user’s responsibility to make sure they adhere to the license agreements.

Commercial licenses at NRIS

Software

Machines

Available for whom

License type

Field

Source of funding

Abaqus

Betzy, Fram

Members of license holding groups

Group

Multiphysics/FEA

Users

Allinea MAP

Betzy, Fram, Saga

All users

National HPC

Code development

National/Sigma2

Allinea Performance Reports

Betzy, Fram, Saga

All users

National HPC

Code development

National/Sigma2

ANSYS

Fram

Members of license holding groups

Group

Multi-physics

Users

ANSYS CFX

Fram

Members of license holding groups

Group

CFD

Users

ANSYS Fluent

Betzy, Fram

Members of license holding groups

Group

CFD

Users

Gaussian

Fram

Only NTNU, UiB, UiO, and UiT users

Site

Chemistry/Material science

NTNU, UiB, UiO, UiT

GaussView

Fram

Only UiT users

Site

Chemistry/Material science

NTNU, UiB, UiO, UiT

Intel Parallel Studio XE

Betzy, Fram, Saga

All users

National HPC

Code development

National/Sigma2

MATLAB

Betzy, Fram, Saga

Members of institutions with site license

Site/Department

Mathematics/Data analysis

Users

STAR-CCM+

Betzy, Fram

Members of license holding groups

Group

Multi-physics/CFD

Users

TotalView

Betzy, Fram, Saga

All users

National HPC

Code development

National/Sigma2

Turbomole

Fram

All users on given machine

Computer Center license

Chemistry/Material science

National/Sigma2

VASP

Fram, Saga

Members of license holding groups

Group

Chemistry/Material science

Users

Table explanation:

  • License access limited on group level. Only members of the specific software group has access to the software.

  • License access limited on institutional level. Either for all users from an institution (site) or for a limited subgroup of users from this institution (faculty/department/research-center/research-project).

  • License access limited on computing center level. This means that all users have access to software on all machines administrated by this computing center.

    • A subset of this type is license access limited on machine level.

  • License access limited on national agreement level. We currently have a couple of software packages with a multilateral agreement between the participants in the BOTT (Bergen-Oslo-Trondheim-Tromsø) collaboration and some software vendors. All users from all these four institutions will have access. We also have a couple of national agreements, which implies that all national users or all users with a certain access domestically will be allowed access.

Users are responsible for having the correct credentials and agreements in terms of license access. For all software with access limitations on group- and research-project level the credentials may have to be provided to NRIS before being granted access to software installed on NRIS controlled machines.

NRIS funding policy

Currently the cost for a number of licenses for application software is carried by NRIS, as shown in the list above. This will change gradually, and from autum 2020 NRIS will not fund licenses for application software (e.g. ADF/BAND, Crystal, Gaussian, GaussView, Molpro). For these codes, and the corresponding research groups and research communities, NRIS will offer consulting for pooling costs and for the maintenance of common license certificates and servers. NRIS will also help these communities set up coordination points to simplify paperwork and save costs.

Note that NRIS will continue to fund licenses for code development tools (compilers, debuggers, profiling tools) (software that belongs to the field tagged “Code Development”) - these base tools are not affected by the planned change in funding policy.

Access to and using of codes will be influenced the following way:

  • ADF/BAND - the license is renewed every second year, and the software requires valid license to run. Software in the ADF/BAND software suite will cease to work on NRIS installations from September 1st 2020 unless alternatively funded.

  • Amber - the license is for release 11 of the code and is valid for the lifetime of the software. Currently this is not installed on any of our clusters. Please let us know if you need this.

  • Crystal - the license is for release 14 of the code and is valid for the lifetime of the software. There will be no change in access after September 2020, but there will be no updates to newer versions unless alternatively funded.

  • Gaussian/GaussView - the license is valid for the lifetime of the software, there will be no change in access after September 2020, but there will be no updates unless alternatively funded.

  • NBO6/7 - the license is valid for the lifetime of the software, there will be no change in access after September 2020, but there will be no updates unless alternatively funded.

  • Schrodinger - license is renewed annually and the software requires a valid license to run. Most of the software in the Schrodinger suite, apart from the free releases of Maestro, PyMOL and Desmond, will cease to work on NRIS installations from November 2020 unless alternatively funded. Note that there is a gradual decrease of funding contribution from Sigma2, for 2019/2020 there will be a 15% overall contribution (not more than 7k USD) and from 2020/2021 no contribuion at all. Thus, if the user community decides to discontinue their contribution to the overall license costs, the renewal of the license may end already October 2019.

  • Turbomole - the license is valid for the lifetime of the software, paying an annual maintenance fee of about 10% of license cost. There will be no change in access to currently installed software after September 2020, but there will be no updates unless alternatively funded.

Note also that even if there are alternative funding of some of the above mentioned software, access policy may probably be altered since funding will typically move from national/community to group level.