COMSOL licenses for the Great Lakes cluster

NOTE: COMSOL licenses from the CAEN COMSOL Research License Sharing Program cannot be used on any ARC-TS cluster.

Note: [May 14, 2020] We are currently reviewing the status of our COMSOL license. There is a good possibility that COMSOL will be withdrawn from the ARC-TS software catalog for the Great Lakes cluster as of June 30, 2020.

COMSOL is a very expensive package to license, and are only a few researchers who need to use it. We have five licenses for an older COMSOL, version 5.1, that users of the Great Lakes on-campus nodes can freely use as-is. That version has a number of additional COMSOL modules. That license has been paid, so we will provide it so long as it gets some use.

For those who need newer a newer version, we have two licenses for COMSOL, version 5.4, that we will renew at least through June, 2020. Those licenses are for the base COMSOL only. If a research group needs an additional toolbox, then we offer the following cost-sharing plan.

  • The research group will pay for the first year’s license for the desired modules.
  • ARC-TS will install the licenses and begin monitoring use.
  • ARC-TS will commit to renewal of the modules for two additional years beyond the initial license year.
  • In the third year, ARC-TS will review use of the module(s), and if usage is sufficiently high and/or diverse, ARC-TS may, at its discretion, choose to continue renewal on a year-by-year basis.

As of July 1, 2020, we have a license for one concurrent user for these modules,

  • CAD Import
  • Optimization
  • RF
  • AC/DC
  • Structural mechanics

in addition to two concurrent users of COMSOL Multiphysics.

If you have questions about licensing COMSOL, please contact arcts-support@umich.edu and we will be happy to provide additional information, discuss details, or initiate purchase of COMSOL modules.