IBM Academic Initiative is a global program that facilitates the collaboration between IBM and educators to teach students the information technology skills they need to be competitive and keep pace with changes in the workplace. Faculty members, research professionals at accredited institutions, and qualifying members of standards organizations can join and can get full versions of a large selection of IBM software, including IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio at no charge. More information about IBM ILOG Optimization products in the IBM Academic Initiative can be found on this page https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/support/ilog.html
- Starting in May 2012, ILOG Optimization products that are available to Academic Initiative members no longer require license keys. The various versions of IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio Academic Research Edition available on the software catalog are replaced by IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio. If you downloaded an ILOG Optimization product that requires a key, we recommend that you replace it with a new version from the Academic Initiative Software Catalog that does not require a key.
- If you did not download a new version, the keys that were provided have expired and the product will no longer function. New keys are available only on an exception basis from the AI technical support team. Also note, there will not be any new fix packs for IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio Academic Research Edition installations.
-If you download a version from the Academic Initiative Software Catalog that does not require a key, it will install by default in a different location than IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio Academic Research Edition. For example IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio 12.4 on Windows installs by default in the folder C:\Program Files\IBM\ILOG\CPLEX_Studio124