Software on Oscar

Many scientific and HPC software packages are already installed on Oscar, and additional packages can be requested by submitting a ticket to If you want a particular version of the software, do mention it in the email along with a link to the web page from where it can be downloaded. You can also install your own software on Oscar.

CCV cannot, however, supply funding for the purchase of commercial software. This is normally attributed as a direct cost of research, and should be purchased with research funding. CCV can help in identifying other potential users of the software to potentially share the cost of purchase and maintenance. Several commercial software products that are licensed campus-wide at Brown are available on Oscar.

For software that requires a Graphical User Interface (GUI) we recommend using CCV's VNC Client rather than X-Forwarding.