FOSS 2018a

FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) is a collection of packages commonly used to compile many applications. Such a collection is known as a toolchain and this toolchain is GCC-based (GNU Compiler Collection). This version of FOSS contains:

  • GCC 6.4.0
  • OpenMPI 2.1.2
  • OpenBLAS 0.2.20
  • FFTW 3.3.7
  • ScaLAPACK 2.0.2


We recommend using a standard toolchain (such as FOSS, or IOMKL) if you plan to build any software yourself, rather than building your own versions of these packages or relying on the Operating System's version.


Accessing the software



To load the module:

$ module load foss/2018a

Accessing Previous Versions

Wherever possible, previous versions of this application will be retained for continuity, especially for research projects that require a consistent version of the software throughout the project. Such versions, however, may be unsupported by IT Services or the applications vendor, and may be withdrawn at short or no notice if they can no longer run on the cluster - for example, essential operating system upgrades may be incompatible with old versions.

Known Problems & Limitations


Other Information

The Support Level for this software is P2.

Last modified: 26/07/2018


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