Mathematica Site Licence: Contract 2013-2015
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Licences link below rather than attempting to renew an existing
licence. This is necessary owing to problems which Wolfram have not
yet resolved for us.
N.B. All enquiries about Mathematica
licences and kits should come from an ox.ac.uk e-mail address. Enquiries from
other e-mail addresses will be ignored.
2014 is the second year of a three-year contract from 2013 to 2015 inclusive.
Departments may buy an unlimited share of the licence. Smaller departments and groups can
purchase individual licences. Wolfram charge us an annual fee according to the
total number of students in the University. This is simply a measure of scale as
trying to estimate usage is very difficult and probably no more accurate.
Large departments who want unlimited use can purchase an unlimited share by contributing a
fraction of the cost of the annual fee. The fraction is calculated by
dividing the number of students (both undergraduate and graduate) in that department by the total
in all participating departments. So far the following departments
have opted into this scheme for the duration of the 3-year contract.
- Engineering Science
- Nuffield College
- Said Business School
- Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance
- Computer Science
- Tropical Medicine Research Unit
- Earth Sciences
Users in these departments should contact their IT support groups to
discuss licensing, installation and product registration.
on Mathematica and licensing within the University of Oxford may also be
obtained from the
The site licence covers all staff and students within the University and includes
home use. The notional cost per student is around £1.30 + VAT but it has
been decided to let all undergraduate students within the University of Oxford have free
access to Mathematica.
Student Information on Mathematica licensing and kits will
normally be made available through the teaching courses in the various
departments but may also be obtained from the Physics Department.
The more departments which take an unlimited share the lower the cost will be for
everyone. The figures used for the student count come directly from the
University Offices. If any other department would like to know what an
unlimited licence would cost them please contact us at the
on Mathematica address. Any department will
be able to convert to unlimited use at any time. Legally we will be instantly covered: it's simply a question of dividing up the costs fairly.
Note that the unlimited site licence covers all staff and students from the above departments
and covers all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux). It includes
both departmental and home systems for staff and students.
Participating departments are free to set up as many licence servers as they like.
Network licence servers are a great way of minimising the number of licences
that need to be renewed each year and so this is highly recommended though not
essential. They will also be entitled to any number of single host licences
which will cover laptops and home use and any desktop systems which cannot use a
network licence server.
Mathematica can be run on a grid using whatever tools are convenient to
manage that grid. Implementing
gridMathematica in this way with our unlimited licence means that
Mathematica can be configured in a grid to use as many licences, processes,
cores, nodes and clusters as are required for a particular task or tasks.
The annual costs for individual licences outside departments with unlimited
shares are given in the table below.
Please note that these prices are the total price
you pay, there is no need to add VAT for inter-departmental orders.
Exploit multi-core systems with default single host setup of 8 control
processes and 16 computational processes.
Serves network licences.
Permits several systems to use Mathematica without having independent
licences on each one.
Student Information on Mathematica address for licence and
The income from these licences will be added to the income from the
departments in order to purchase the unlimited site licence.
To purchase individual licences, please send a purchase order to
John Macallister, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU
payable to "Central Physics"
and mention "Mathematica Licence
(Ref: John Macallister)" somewhere on the order to help
avoid it becoming lost in the financial system.
The provision of installation kits and product registration for individual licences are
also administered through the Physics Department.
Please note that prices may vary from year to year depending on the uptake of individual licences and may increase if the University
student count increases by more than 10%.
More general information on Mathematica and its applications may be found on
the Wolfram Web
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