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Mathematica is a high-level language for symbolic and numerical mathematical computation produced by Wolfram Research.

A Resource Library and a Documentation Center are available on-line.

Note: LONI and LSU@HPC do not have a license for parallel Mathematica products. Currently, only LSU students, faculty, and staff have access to single user licenses. If you have the ability to log into LSU PAWS, you can set up such a license on any HPC resource with Mathematica installed. The process involves several steps:

  1. You must have an X-windows server running on your local workstation. Most Linux/UNIX workstations provide this almost by default, Under MAC OS/X, an application is available on the software distribution DVD's for custom installation. On MS-Windows, you must have a 3rd party application, such as Cygwin or Xming. Note: make sure the X-server is running and that you connect to the HPC resource with X-11 forwarding enabled.
  2. You need to install fonts in your X-server that are used by Mathematica. There are instructions on-line for a variety of operating systems.
  3. You'll need to register with Wolfram as part of the start-up process. Download a copy of the license information file available on the PAWS Mathematica download page. Note: the license is updated every year.
  4. Once you can start Mathematica without any warnings about font errors, you'll be presented with a dialog box indicating that no license server can be found, but allows you to proceed with password authentication. Select Password, enter the requested information, and select Web. This will take you to a registration page where information from the license data file is required along with personal information. Enter the password provided in the dialog box next to the Web button, submit it, and Mathematica should start.

The license is good for about 1 year, after which a new license password must be generated following the above process.



Users may direct questions to sys-help@loni.org.

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