OSCAR allows users, regardless of their experience level with a *nix environment, to install a Beowulf type high performance computing cluster. It also contains everything needed to administer and program this type of HPC cluster. OSCAR's flexible package management system has a rich set of pre-packaged applications and utilities which means you can get up and running without laboriously installing and configuring complex cluster administration and communication packages. It also lets administrators create customized packages for any kind of distributed application or utility, and to distribute those packages from an online package repository, either on or off site. -IU PTI
The distribution of open source software is one way that CREST contributes to the wealth of scientific research at Indiana University and throughout the country. The production of open source software significantly enhances the value of scholarly work due to reproducibility andability of scientific research. The open source software created by CREST and its affiliates boosts IU’s competitive footing for federal grant funding, which in turn, brings federal research monies and new high-quality jobs into the state. Also used in the private sector, these open source software products aid in the development of the Indiana economy.