SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server)

To use the operating system SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) the GWDG provides low cost licenses that are made possible due to large bulk orders at the company SUSE. This allows to extend existing or to purchase new licenses.

Usage Restrictions

The licenses can only be used for computers of the Max Planck Society, the University of Göttingen and the GWDG for x86 / AMD64 / Intel EM64T / Itanium / IBM PowerPC systems.

License period and costs

A license period is five years and currently covers the period from 01.05.2013 until 30.04.2018.

The cost per license per year during this period do not include 19 % VAT as follows:

1-2 Sockets - HPC: 16,20 EUR / year, Server: 97.20 EUR / year
4 sockets - HPC: 32.40 EUR / year, Server: 194.40 EUR / year
8 sockets - HPC 54,00 EUR / year, Server: 324.00 EUR / year

HA functionality costs additionally 66,00 EUR for 1-2 Sockets and per year.

HPC cluster nodes are systems that are fitted with an identical configuration in a cluster with at least 8 nodes.


Orders can be placed directly to the GWDG, either by e-mail to, where the subject is “SLES licenses” or fax or letter to

Postfach 28 41
37018 Göttingen

Please do not forget to specify the number of licenses required and the billing address in both cases.

Upon receipt of the order by e-mail, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail followed by the bill in the mail. After receipt of the order by letter or fax the invoice serves as confirmation.

ATTENTION: If a license should be extended over the license period, a new appointment for the next license period is required.

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