Information about the Shared Comsol License Pool


Since 2007 the Mechanical Engineering Department has managed a shared pool of COMSOL research licenses as a service to researchers who use the software for UCSB-related research. Commercial use is prohibited with this license.

The pool currently comprises the following:

  • 9 ea. COMSOL Multiphysics
  • 1 ea. AC/DC Module
  • 2 ea. CFD Module
  • 1 ea. Chemical Reaction Engineering Module
  • 1 ea. Heat Transfer Module
  • 1 ea. LiveLink for Excel
  • 3 ea. LiveLink for MATLAB
  • 1 ea. LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS
  • 3 ea. MEMS Module
  • 3 ea. Microfluidics Module
  • 1 ea. Molecular Flow Module
  • 1 ea. Multibody Dynamics Module
  • 1 ea. Nonlinear Structural Materials Module
  • 1 ea. Optimization Module
  • 2 ea. Particle Tracing Module
  • 1 ea. RF Module
  • 1 ea. Semiconductor Module
  • 1 ea. Structural Mechanics Module
  • 1 ea. Wave Optics Module

Groups included in the 2016-17 license pool: Bowers, Campas, Foster, Meinhart, Pennathur, Strukov and Visell.

COMSOL System Requirements:
COMSOL runs with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Users who buy into the license pool can also run the software on the CNSI Center for Scientific Computing clusters. Full details regarding system requirements can be found at:

Monitoring the license:
In order to limit the license to the groups that pay for it, we request that all users provide the following information: names of users, e-mail address, fully qualified domain name of group computers that have the software installed, building and room number where the computer is located. The Engineering Computing Infrastructure (ECI) will configure the license server so that only these computers can use the software.

Cost distribution: Each research group participating in the pool pays an equal share of the total license. For the period 12/1/16 – 11/30/17 the total cost is $15,420, and the charge for each of the 7 participating groups is $2,202.85. Groups joining in mid-year are charged a pro-rated fee, and any surplus in the account is applied to the following year’s license fee.

Contact information:
Billing: Julie Dunson,, x5835
Computer-related (media download, licensing problems),
Other: Dave Bothman,, x4125