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Scott Suchyta

What is the difference between a socket-based license and server-based license?

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The table below summarizes the difference between a socket-based license and a server-based license.


Socket-based Server-based
Licensed by Socket CPU Core
Can "float" among hosts NO YES
Requires Altair License Server NO YES

Becomes invalid when hardware
is decommissioned or upgraded YES NO

Higher price premium NO YES
Available for PBS Professional YES (v11.3++) YES
Available for PBS Analytics NO YES
Available for Compute Manager NO YES


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