Hi Nick, Steve, and Peter,
We truly would like to have made GCG available as GPL or open source
software. This possibility was investigated but several obstacles
were encountered that prevented a positive resolution. As there are no
plans to invest further legal and R&D effort into GCG (necessary to
identify and remove licensed, 3rd party software), it's unlikely that
the GCG code base will be made publically available. Instead GCG
customers with a perpetual license who have an active maintenance
agreement on June 30, 2008 will be eligible to receive a non-node-
locked license that will allow GCG to be used indefinitely on any
currently supported platform. This offer requires you to have a
perpetual GCG license. If you have an annual license, special reduced
pricing is in effect that gives you the opportunity at your renewal
time to convert to a perpetual license.
A perpetual license gives you the flexibility of using GCG (and
SeqLab) for as long as you want and will be particularly useful if you
have built infrastructure around GCG or if you have used, or plan to
use, GCG algorithms to support intellectual property claims. The
software will be provided "as is" but you will have hotline scientific
application support through the retirement date of June 30, 2008 and
you can continue to receive value from the existing GCG bioinformatics
algorithms beyond our retirement date and into the future.
For those who are interested in using commercially supported product,
Accelrys has partnered with BioTeam's iNquiry to offer custom
bioinformatics solutions with similar or enhanced functionality to
that of Accelrys GCG, SeqWeb and the Data Update Service. Most
notably, BioTeam's iNquiry can give you a high performance, extensible
framework for incorporating EMBOSS (which is similar to GCG) and other
- Fully configured operating system for the cluster master node and
compute nodes. This includes all OS settings and network services.
- Fully configured cluster scheduling and distributed resource
management software (Grid Engine or Platform LSF).
- An XML-based extensible framework for application integration and
- Consistent interface to many integrated open source scientific
- Web-based portal to cluster resources, applications and management
See the following web page for more information about BioTeam and
Feel free to contact me directly or your account manager if you have
any questions about your GCG license or our GCG retirement plans.
Michael Perry, Ph.D.
Manager, Scientific and Technical Support
Email: perry from accelrys.com
Accelrys Scientific and Technical Support
Email: support from accelrys.com