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Netlib is a repository of software for scientific computing maintained by AT&T, Bell Laboratories, the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.[1] Netlib comprises a large number of separate programs and libraries. Most of the code is written in Fortran, with some programs in other languages.


The project began with email distribution on UUCP, ARPANET and CSNET in the 1980s.[2]

The code base of Netlib was written at a time when computer software was not yet considered a merchandise. Therefore, no license terms or terms of use are stated for many programs. Most of the code is work of US government employees and therefore in the public domain.[citation needed] This is clearly the case for SLATEC, but the legal status of some other packages is not entirely clear.

Netlib is indexed by the Guide to Available Mathematical Software.


Some well-known packages maintained in Netlib are:

The SLATEC package is special in that it comprises a number of other packages like BLAS and LINPACK.

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  1. ^ Netlib FAQ
  2. ^ Jack J. Dongarra; Eric Grosse (May 1987). "Distribution of mathematical software via electronic mail". Communications (Association of Computing Machinery) 30 (5). doi:10.1145/22899.22904. 

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