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1.1 Introduction

Network Mathematica is a licensing program for sites that use multiple copies of Mathematica on a single network. The program provides a convenient and cost-effective way of making Mathematica available to multiple users in an organization. Instead of a separate license for each machine, sites acquire a network license that allows a specified number of copies of Mathematica to run concurrently on a TCP network.

Using a network license has several advantages:

  • A small number of licenses can be shared by many people, reducing the average cost per user.

  • The time spent installing and maintaining Mathematica on a network is minimized.

  • A single network license can support clients on multiple platforms—Windows, Unix, or Macintosh.

  • Site administrators can monitor Mathematica usage and restrict access to specific users or machines.

  • The network license can be upgraded to support additional clients as the network expands.

Network Mathematica operates on the client-server model. The Mathematica license manager, MathLM, is installed on a machine chosen to be the license server. Each client can then run Mathematica by requesting a license from the license server. The license server monitors the number of copies of Mathematica in use and issues licenses to clients, as needed, until all available licenses are in use. The license server can be a Windows, Unix, or Mac OS X machine. Each license server can support any combination of Windows, Unix, and Macintosh clients.

This manual describes how to install, run, and manage the components of Network Mathematica on various computer systems. Chapter 1 contains introductory information about system requirements, the contents of the CD, and passwords. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 provide installation information for Windows, Unix, and Mac OS X, respectively. Chapter 5 describes the various features and options of the Mathematica license manager, MathLM. This manual is also available in electronic form on the web at reference.wolfram.com.