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We currently have many commercial and freeware (foss, free and open source software) packages installed on our supercomputers. Online documentation and links to the vendor's website are available to TAMU computers and to computers using TAMU's VPN. Requests to use restricted software should be emailed to the HPRC helpdesk. Please also consult our Software Policy page for more information about acquiring and using restricted (EAR and ITAR) and licensed software on our clusters.

Finding Software

On our clusters, the software is available through the module system. Command-line options for finding available software include:

  • module avail
  • module spider
  • fml

The fml command is a fast alternative to module spider, but module spider will have the most up-to-date module information.

To search for available Python modules:

  • fml Python

To query information about a particular module (specifying a single version):

  • fml Python/3.8.2-GCCcore-9.3.0

A complete module listing for each cluster can be found here:

Temporary Files and Using the Home Directory

Many software packages create and manipulate temporary files during the execution of the program. These temporary files are commonly placed within your Home directory by default. You must remain aware of how much quota space is left within your Home directory at all times. If your Home directory is filled, attempts to write or modify temporary files will fail.

This may cause your jobs to terminate (be killed) or hang (do nothing, waste SUs).

The easiest way to avoid this issue is to store your files within your Scratch directory. Use cd $SCRATCH to navigate to your Scratch directory.

showquota will allow you to view your quota limits.

Available Packages and Software Collections

We maintain a number of pages documenting the use of some of the available software packages, including:

License-Restricted Packages

These packages are restricted by license. Individuals or groups have purchased licenses or registered for these packages and manage the list of users that may access them.

Note: These packages are not the same as Export-Controlled Software, as mentioned in the Software Policy.

Toolchains for Compiling Software

Information on the available toolchains for compiling software can be found on our Toolchains page.

Useful Tools

The following is a list of the most frequently requested / needed tools on our clusters.

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