BEAR Applications Versions

Every six months we start a new version of our BEAR Applications ("bear-apps"), which is a default set of tools and libraries that are used as the basis for all the applications we install on the BEAR systems (BlueBEAR, BEARCloud VMs and CaStLeS VMs). We only use a bear-apps version for new installations for about one year. The applications in a bear-apps version will be available to use for several years after we've finished using it for new installations - see the details below.

Certain bear-apps versions are loaded automatically. For example, in March 2021 we have bear-apps/2018b, bear-apps/2019a, bear-apps/2019b, and bear-apps/2020a. The latest bear-apps/2020b is not yet loaded automatically, and some pages on our bear-apps.bham.ac.uk website include instructions for loading that first. This is just an example, and is correct as of March 2021.

We normally support bear-apps versions from the current year and the previous two years, after which they are deprecated (see below), and later may be removed without warning.

Almost all of our applications are built using EasyBuild, "a software build and installation framework that allows you to manage (scientific) software on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems in an efficient way." You will sometimes see a bear-apps version with a suffix "h", meaning the software had to be installed by hand instead.

Deprecation

We will usually support bear-apps versions from the current year and the previous two years, after which they are marked as deprecated and may be removed without warning. For example, as of March 2021 any applications in bear-apps versions from 2018a or earlier are marked as deprecated, and the following warning is shown when they are loaded:

--------------------------- UNSUPPORTED WARNING ------------------------------
This module is NOT SUPPORTED and may be removed without further warning:
 * apps/cytoscape/v3.2.0

Please see https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/bear-apps-versions for
further details.

Please see https://bear-apps.bham.ac.uk for alternative versions.
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