LAPACK is a linear algebra library for high-performance computers. The library includes Fortran 77 subroutines for the analysis and solution of systems of simultaneous linear algebraic equations, linear least-squares problems, and matrix eigenvalue problems. Our approach to achieving high efficiency is based on the use of a standard set of Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (the BLAS), which can be optimized for each computing environment. By confining most of the computational work to the BLAS, the subroutines should be transportable and efficient across a wide range of computers.

This working note describes how to install, test, and time this release of LAPACK on a Unix System.

The instructions for installing, testing, and timing
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are designed for a person whose
responsibility is the maintenance of a mathematical software library.
We assume the installer has experience in compiling and running
Fortran programs and in creating object libraries.
The installation process involves untarring the file, creating a set of
libraries, and compiling and running the test and timing programs
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Section 3 describes how the files are organized in the file, and Section 4 gives a general overview of the parts of the test package. Step-by-step instructions appear in Section 5.

For users desiring additional information, please refer to LAPACK Working Note 41. Appendix A, entitled ``Caveats'', is a compendium of the known problems from our own experiences, with suggestions on how to overcome them.

**It is strongly advised that the user read Appendix
A before proceeding with the installation process.**