Software installed on the Great Lakes cluster is for noncommercial, academic research and instructional purposes only. If your project is for product development, being done as part of a paid consultation, or involves the use of proprietary data, please contact to discuss whether that use is covered. See the note at the bottom of this page for additional information.

Users are welcome to install software into their own home directory, or onto any persistent storage of their own that might be mounted on the system, so long as they are meeting the terms and conditions of use that accompany the software.

Supporting departments may be willing to license and/or install software, either for exclusive use of a group or in the general pool. If you do not find the software you need in the catalog, please send a message to with your department or research group and information about the software you need, who might use it, and if possible, a web link with more information.

Software documentation

More information about software

Software with limited licenses

ARC has licensed some software for general use in limited quantities. If you will use that software, you must request licenses in your Slurm job script. This is done with the --licenses option. This example shows how to request one license for the software SAS,

#SBATCH --licenses=sas@slurmdb:1

Table of limited license software

Name number of concurrent users Example license specifications
Abaqus1 375 abaqus@slurmdb:6
Ansys 50 ansys@slurmdb:1
Ansys/EM (HFSS) 50 ansysem@slurmdb:1
COMSOL 6.02 2 comsol@slurmdb:1
Gurobi 1024 gurobi@slurmdb:1
SAS 10 sas@slurmdb:1
Stata/SE 40 stata@slurmdb:1
Stata/MP 8 stata-mp@slurmdb:1

1 Abaqus uses a formula to calculate how many licenses your job will need. Please use it to determine the number of licenses to request.

2 COMSOL users must also request licenses in their Slurm job script for some COMSOL modules. See the table on our COMSOL Licenses page for detail.

Academic software licensing notice

Software on ARC computing resources is licensed only for noncommercial, academic research and instructional purposes only. Noncommercial, academic research generally means that the research is being conducted with the intent to publish the results in a scholarly journal. Research that is commissioned as part of a consultancy and for which any fee is received, that use proprietary data from a commercial entity, that is conducted as part of a service for which a fee is charged should be considered commercial and is not an approved use of Flux. This includes some software that is considered “open source” for academic research but not if there are fees or proprietary data. If you have any doubt whether your work will be considered commercial research, please contact ARC at with details of the proposed work.