LAPACK (Linear Algebra PACKage) provides routines for solving systems of simultaneous linear equations, least-squares solutions of linear systems of equations, eigenvalue problems, and singular value problems.

Availability and Restrictions

A highly optimized implementation of LAPACK is available on all OSC clusters as part of the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL). We recommend that you use MKL rather than building LAPACK for yourself. MKL is available to all OSC users.


The BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms) are routines that provide standard building blocks for performing basic vector and matrix operations.

Availability and Restrictions

A highly optimized implementation of the BLAS is available on all OSC clusters as part of the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL). We recommend that you use MKL rather than building the BLAS for yourself. MKL is available to all OSC users.


FreeSurfer is a software package used to anaylze nueroimaging data.

Availability & Restrictions


The following versions of FreeSurfer are available on OSC clusters:


GPU-BLAST is an accelerated version of the popular NCBI-BLAST ( that uses general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPU). In comparison to the sequential NCBI-BLAST, GPU-BLAST is nearly four times faster, while producing identical results.

Availability & Restrictions

GPU-BLAST is available without restriction to all OSC users.

The following versions of GPU-BLAST are available on OSC systems:



"Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for numerical computing. It provides a sophisticated compiler, distributed parallel execution, numerical accuracy, and an extensive mathematical function library. Julia’s Base library, largely written in Julia itself, also integrates mature, best-of-breed open source C and Fortran libraries for linear algebra, random number generation, signal processing, and string processing. In addition, the Julia developer community is contributing a number of external packages through Julia’s built-in package manager at a rapid pace. IJulia, a collaboration between the Jupyter and Julia communities, provides a powerful browser-based graphical notebook interface to Julia."


MAGMA is a collection of next generation linear algebra (LA) GPU accelerated libraries designed and implemented by the team that developed LAPACK and ScaLAPACK. MAGMA is for heterogeneous GPU-based architectures, it supports interfaces to current LA packages and standards, e.g., LAPACK and BLAS, to allow computational scientists to effortlessly port any LA-relying software components.


"Torch is a deep learning framework with wide support for machine learning algorithms. It's open-source, simple to use, and efficient, thanks to an easy and fast scripting language, LuaJIT, and an underlying C / CUDA implementation. Torch offers popular neural network and optimization libraries that are easy to use, yet provide maximum flexibility to build complex neural network topologies. It also runs up to 70% faster on the latest NVIDIA Pascal™ GPUs, so you can now train networks in hours, instead of days."


"TensorFlow is an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs. Nodes in the graph represent mathematical operations, while the graph edges represent the multidimensional data arrays (tensors) that flow between them. This flexible architecture lets you deploy computation to one or more CPUs or GPUs in a desktop, server, or mobile device without rewriting code."

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Software Refresh - February 2017

OSC is refreshing the software stack for Oakley and Ruby on February 22, 2017 (during the scheduled downtime). During the software refresh, some default versions are updated to be more up-to-date and some older versions are removed. Information about the old and new default versions, as well as all available versions of each software package will be included on the corresponding OSC software webpage. See


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