Proposal

Introduction

Proposal ID 2015-004
Submitted January 12, 2015
Owner dfray
Department College of Engineering
Category Software
Funding Status Fully Funded
Metric Score None

Contacts

Primary
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • David Fray
  • Director, Departmental Computing
  • dfray@uw.edu
  • 206-685-1724
  • Box 352180
Budget
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Laura Swann
  • Project Coordinator
  • swann@uw.edu
  • 6-9143
  • 352180
Dean
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Mike Bragg
  • Dean, College of Engineering
  • mbragg@uw.edu
  • 206-543-1829
  • 352180

Descriptions

Abstract

This is year three, of a three year contract to site license Mathematica across the three campuses, Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma. The proposal is a request for STF funds to pay for the portion of the site license that allows students to install Mathematica on their personal computers as well as allowing students to run Mathematica remotely on UW computers such as the VIDA cluster.
As of today, 12/12/14, 1743 students have requested Mathematica for their personal computers, since the contract was renewed in June 2014.

Category Justification

This is a software site license. This is an unlimited license, with no need to monitor usage by the keyserver.

Background

The College of Engineering, jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences have site licensed Mathematica for more than 15 years. The site license has covered all UW owned computers, and has specifically excluded the running of Mathematica remotely by students on servers such as the VIDA cluster. In June, 2012, a student option was added to the UW wide site license, allowing students to run Mathematica remotely on the VIDA cluster, and for students to install and run Mathematica on their personal computers. Students no longer need to purchase their own student license at the UW bookstore for $139.95 each.
Total yearly cost of the site license covering all UW owned computers, remote access by students, and student's personal computers is $33,035 plus $3,138 tax, for a total of $36,173 per year.
Some classes taught at the UW require Mathematica for course work. The Mathematica software is easily found and downloaded by students. The UWare site has listed Mathematica for years.

Benefits to Students and the University

This is a one year lease of the software. Students no longer need to come to campus, sit in a student lab, and run Mathematica on a UW owned computer. They can now install and run Mathematica on their own computer from the convenience of their own home. Had each student requesting Mathematica gone to the bookstore and purchased their own copy of Mathematica, it would have cost them $139.95 per copy, times 1743 copies, or $244K plus tax.

Departmental Endorsements

Ron Kline, Dean's College of Arts & Sciences
David Fray, College of Engineering Dean’s office.

Installation Timeline

The College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences pay for the Mathematica site license each year. The last renewal of the contract was paid for last June 2014. College of Engineering funds paid for the portion of the contract covering student use of Mathematica on personal computers as well as student use on remote access servers. This is a request for re-imbursement of the funds spent to cover use of Mathematica by students on their personal computers and remote access clusters.

Resources Provided by Department

The College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences pay $23K a year to site license Wolfram Mathematica on all UW owned computers. The extension of this site license applies to student owned computers as well as allowing students to run Mathematica remotely on UW owned remote access clusters.

Access Restrictions (if any)

Open to all students currently enrolled at the University of WA., Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses.

Student Endorsements

I have not solicited endorsements from students. The fact that there has been 1743 requests by students for Mathematica in the past 6 months seems justification enough.

Items

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
None

Mathematica, student option

$10,000.00 1 $10,000.00
Description

Wolfram Mathematica student option
Wolfram company, http://www.wolfram.com/

Justification

This is an add-on option to an existing UW wide site license allowing students to install and run Wolfram Mathematica on their own personal computers as well as allowing them to run Mathematica on UW remote access clusters such as VIDA.

tax

$950.00 1 $950.00
Description

tax

Justification

Total requested: $10,950.00

Total funded: $10,950.00

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