Software Policy

Policy Compliance

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute complies with University of Minnesota policy.

Policy Statement

MSI will provide a well managed and integrated software environment comprised of software that supports the High Performance Computing mission of the Institute, makes best use of advanced computational resources, and meets the academic demands of our users.

All MSI software acquisitions shall be evaluated subject to available resources, including financial and staff time.

MSI will provide a method for users to request acquisition and installation of software.

Commercial software:
MSI will pursue paid licensing of commercial software that furthers MSI’s mission, when that software:

  • makes excellent use of advanced computational resources
  • offers licensing terms that benefit MSI users
  • offers licensing terms that do not conflict with University of Minnesota policies
  • offers cost or other advantages to acquiring a group license rather than individual licenses
  • either has widely demonstrated or reasonably projected usage or is required by a funded collaborative project


Non-Commercial software:
MSI will install and manage non-commercial software that furthers MSI’s mission when that software:

  • either makes good use of advanced computational resources or significantly enhances other software or workflows that take advantage of those resources;
  • and either has significant demonstrated or potential usage, or benefits significantly from central management.


All software at MSI shall be installed on such systems and in such a manner as to maximize its utility to researchers and to take maximum possible advantage of MSI’s advanced computational resources. Secondary to this, software shall be installed so as to provide a consistent and well-integrated user experience.


Software Procedure

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Effective: May 1, 2013