Mathematica Site Licence: Contract 2016-2018


Please apply for new licences via the 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.


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N.B. All enquiries about Mathematica licences and kits should come from an e-mail address. Enquiries from other e-mail addresses will be ignored.

2018 is the third year of a three-year contract from 2016 to 2018 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.

Users in the above departments can generate their own Activation Keys via this link for stand alone systems.  Users should contact your local IT support groups for local licensing arrangements with centrally managed systems, etc.  

These Web pages are intended to be the source of all local information on Mathematica in Oxford. Additional Information on Mathematica and licensing within the University of Oxford may also be obtained from the Physics Department.

The site licence covers use by all members, staff and students within the University on University systems and also includes home-use licences for use on personal systems. The notional cost per student is around 1.30 pounds + 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 Information 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.


Individual Licences

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.

Licence Costs Comments
Single host £90.00 Exploit multi-core systems with default single host setup of 8 control processes and 16 computational processes.
Licence Server £110.00 Serves network licences.
Network increment £330.00 Permits several systems to use Mathematica without having independent licences on each one.
Undergraduate Student Free Contact the Student Information on Mathematica address for licence and kit details.

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 site .


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