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Intent to package: BLACS and ScaLAPACK


besides using BLACS and ScaLAPACK for a project at university,
I'd like to package them for the Debian project.

They are used for parallel computation on clusters (like CLOWN)
or on parallel machines (like the Intel Paragon).

BLACS is the "Basic Linear Algebra Communcation Subprograms" 
package and ScaLAPACK is "Scalable LAPACK". LAPACK is already 
part of Debian. PBLAS ("Parallel Basic Linear Algebra 
Subprograms") is part of ScaLAPACK.

BLACS and ScaLAPACK depend on MPI or PVM (to different libraries 
with same interface) and BLAS and LAPACK.

For more information have a look at
where package is on of blacs, scalapack, lapack, blas...

The License is no problem: the ScaLAPACK has this notice in its 
FAQ (http://www.netlib.org/scalapack/faq.html#1.4):

1.4) Are there legal restrictions on the use of ScaLAPACK software?

 freely-available software package. It is available from netlib
 via anonymous ftp and the World Wide Web. It can, and is, being
 included in commercial packages (e.g., IBM's Parallel ESSL, NAG
 Numerical PVM and MPI Library). We only ask that proper credit be
 given to the authors.

 Like all software, it is copyrighted. It is not trademarked, but
 we do ask the following:

 If you modify the source for these routines we ask that you 
 change the name of the routine and comment the changes made to
 the original.

 We will gladly answer any questions regarding the software. If a
 modification is done, however, it is the responsibility of the
 person who modified the routine to provide support.

I emailed <blacs@cs.utk.edu> about the license of BLACS which I 
could not find and the answer was:

> That's great.  We're very excited to have ScaLAPACK included in
> the Debian project.  Yes, the "legal use" of the BLACS is exactly
> the same as for ScaLAPACK.  Freely-available software.

Compiling the whole thing might be tricky, so the whole thing 
might take some time.

Philipp Frauenfelder  [PGP]  mail: pfrauenf@debian.org
Tel./Fax: +41 1 850 54 64       or pfrauenf@niederglatt.lugs.ch
Proudly running Debian GNU/Linux, see http://www.debian.org/

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