There are two ways to install software on our machines. Users can install software packages in their home directory and software can be installed in a public location by Research Technologies staff.
Users are free to install software in their home directory. This method allows users full control over what version of the software is installed and how it is installed. Users can update the software package at their leisure. In this scenario, usage of the software is limited to the user that has installed the software package, unless a group account is used in which case everyone in the group can share the software. For some tips, please see our tutorial on unix and python package installation.
Research Technologies staff will help users install software packages in their home directory. For such a request, please contact: email@example.com.
Software that is installed by Research Technologies staff can be made public on Mason (until January 1, 2018) and Carbonate, so that everyone can use it via the modules framework. In order to have software installed in a public location, users need to request the software through an online form and supply a justification why the software should be available on the system for everyone’s use. Research Technologies staff will decide how the software will be installed, maintained, and updated. In general, not more than two versions of the same software will be made available on Mason.
Users are encouraged to install software in their home directory if the software is only to be used by a single user or a single project and likely not of interest to a larger community.
Only faculty or staff can request software. If students require a software package on Mason, their advisor will put in the request for them. A student can be appointed for further contact but the initial request has to come from a faculty member.