Research Software

We provide and support a diverse range of research software applications and software development platforms. Support levels vary from comprehensive to best efforts but we will always try to help where we can.


Central Core Applications

Licence required:

Licenses are purchased and provided across campus. Instructions for access and guidance to getting started are provided. Documentation and training is provided in partnership with software vendors. Software will be updated regularly and multiple versions maintained.

Software that are labeled to be of License Type 'Floating' have restrictions on the number of users who can access it at any given instance of time. This requirement necessitates IT Services to maintain a license serving operation and the users to specify the license-server when installing such software. For software that rely on floating licenses we will provide the necessary installation instructions to access these licenses (usually via a license-server name and a port number).

Name On
HPC Services
Category Purpose License Type Platform
PGI Compilers Yes Compiler Development Floating Linux
Intel Compilers Yes Compiler Development Floating All
Salford Compilers No Compiler Development Site Windows
NAG Library (Python and Fortran) Yes Library Development Site All
MATLAB Yes High-Level Programming Language Scientific Site & Floating All
Maple Yes Computing Tool Symbolic Computing Site All
Ansys/Fluent/LsDyna Yes CFD/CAE Engineering Floating Linux/Windows
Abaqus Yes Structural Code Engineering Floating Linux/Windows
SPSS No Statistical Statistics Site Windows
SAS No Statistical Statistics Site Windows
NVivo No Information Science Qualitative Analysis Site Deal Windows

No licence required:

Name On
HPC Services
  Category Purpose License Type Platform
R Compiler Yes High-Level Programming Language Statistics - All
Python Yes High-Level Programming Language Science - All
Mathematica Yes Compiler Symbolic and Numerical Maths - All
Tensorflow Yes Python Library Machine Learning - All
GNU Yes Compiler Development - Linux/macOS
MPI Yes Compiler Parallel Programming - All
CUDA Yes Compiler GPU Parallel Programming - All

Community Software

Licenses/license servers will be provided, and software for different platforms provided. We will ensure that the software can run on different platforms. Assistance may be provided for running software but it is not guaranteed. Software may be installed on HPC platforms at the request of a user by the Research IT support team. Updating is on request by the research community. Software installed in shared areas on the High Performance Computing systems must be documented by the installer on the shared documentation system.

Software available free or on discounted prices for installation on users' own workstations or on Managed Windows Workstations: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/it-services/software/index

Individual Software

Unsupported software installed in community areas or user areas on HPC, some assistance may be provided - installation of software cannot be guaranteed. Software installed in shared areas on the High Performance Computing systems must be documented by the installer on the shared documentation system.