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Matlab

Software Overview

MATLAB — MATrix LABoratory — is an integrated and extensible technical computing environment that delivers powerful computation, visualization, and application development tools to your desktop.

Matlab is available for Windows (64 bit), OSX (ver 10.10 and above), and Linux(64 bit), see Supported Operating Systems and minimum hardware requirements for details.

URGENT NOTE regarding Mac OS 10.12 (“Sierra”)

Patch for MATLAB on macOS Sierra Is Now Available

MacOS Sierra, released on September 20, 2016, introduced a compatibility issue with MATLAB. The issue is related to Language & Region preferences, and it may result in file corruption.

Determine if your Language & Region combination requires a patch.

On October 6th, MathWorks applied a patch to MATLAB and MATLAB Runtime in the downloadable version of R2016b for Mac. No patch is required if you downloaded R2016b after October 6th.

License Overview

NOTE – The renewal of the Matlab campus license to cover 9/1/16 – 6/30/17 is now in place.

Matlab will now be made available under a “Total Academic Headcount” (TAH) agreement with MathWorks.  All individual licenses granted will expire at the same time (June 30, 2017). All of the toolboxes listed below are included in the TAH license.

The TAH license may be used for the purpose of (i) in the case of employees (faculty and academic staff), performing software administration, teaching, and noncommercial, academic research in their ordinary course as UW employees; and (ii) in the case of enrolled students, meeting classroom requirements of courses and study offered by the UW. Work done funded under a grant would usually be considered “academic” in nature, while work funded by a contract is likely “commercial” and, therefore, not covered under the TAH license. Any other use is expressly prohibited.

Pricing is determined based on the total number of paid subscribers and the annual license fee from Mathworks. Pricing will be adjusted annually based on these factors.

Licenses for Students

Students may acquire a license for use on computers they own personally.  This will use the “standalone named user” license type from Mathworks and only the one registered user will be able to run the Matlab software. Each license is $30 for the remainder of the license period (all licenses expire 6/30/17), purchase online via credit card is required.

To purchase the software go to: Order MatLab with toolboxes included from the UW/OnTheHub web store

Note that the activation code is presented on screen only at the web store, not part of the emailed receipt.

Licenses for Faculty/Staff (and UW-owned equipment)

Faculty and staff may acquire a license for use on computers they own personally or for use on computers owned by the UW.  This will use the “designated computer” license type from Mathworks, all users of the computer will be able to run the Matlab software. Each license is $60 for the remainder of the license period (all licenses expire 6/30/17), purchase online via credit card (UW ProCard may be used) is preferred but if that is impossible special arrangements can be made by contacting help@uw.edu.

To purchase the software go to: Order MatLab with toolboxes included from the UW/OnTheHub web store

Note that the activation code is presented on screen only at the web store, not part of the emailed receipt. Also, if using the “proxy” purchase option the code is presented only to the person for(!) whom the software is purchased, it is not visible by the person placing the “proxy” order.

Licenses for Computing Labs on the UW campuses. Concurrent Licensing Model.

Faculty and staff may acquire a license for use on a group of computers owned by the UW and used on the UW campus (e.g., in a computing lab).  This will use the “network concurrent user” license type from Mathworks, all users of the computer will be able to run the Matlab software. We are suggesting you purchase a number of licenses equal to the maximum number of computers expected to be used concurrently at $60 each for the remainder of the license period (all licenses expire 6/30/17).

It is very strongly preferred that units with a small number of machines use the “designated machine” style license (see above). The “concurrent license” model is really intended for collections of several systems, say 5 or more. However, the “concurrent license” must be used if you have systems with true concurrent usage (e.g., Linux) or include Matlab in an “imaging” system to distribute identical copies of software to multiple computers (common in computing labs).

To purchase the software send a message to help@uw.edu, set the subject to “UWare/Matlab concurrent licenses”. Please include in your email:

  • The name (and UW NetID) of the person doing the installation (to be granted access)
  • Budget contact person, name and email
  • Budget contact UW mailstop
  • UW budget # (with task, option, project codes, in that order, if you use them)
  • # of licenses (at $60 ea) to purchase

Toolboxes Included in the UW TAH license

Simulink Spreadsheet Link EX SimPower systems Stateflow
Antenna Toolbox Econometrics Toolbox MATLAB Report Generator Signal Processing Toolbox
Aerospace Blockset Filter Design HDL Coder SimMechanics Symbolic Math Toolbox
Phased Array System Toolbox Financial Toolbox Neural Network Toolbox Simscape
Aerospace Toolbox Fuzzy Logic Toolbox Optimization Toolbox Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
Bioinformatics Toolbox Global Optimization Toolbox OPC Toolbox Vehicle Network Toolbox
Curve Fitting Toolbox Image Acquisition Toolbox Partial Differential Equation Toolbox Computer Vision System Toolbox
Communications System Toolbox Instrument Control Toolbox Fixed-Point Designer Simulink 3D Animation
MATLAB Compiler System Identification Toolbox SimRF Simulink Verification and Validation
Control System Toolbox Image Processing Toolbox Robust Control Toolbox Wavelet Toolbox
Data Acquisition Toolbox Financial Instruments Toolbox RF Toolbox Simulink Desktop Real-Time
Database Toolbox Model-Based Calibration Toolbox Robotics System Toolbox Simulink Real-Time
Datafeed Toolbox MATLAB Coder Simulink Coder Embedded Coder
Parallel Computing Toolbox Mapping Toolbox SimBiology Model Predictive Control
DSP System Toolbox MATLAB Compiler SDK Simulink Control Design

Additional Toolboxes

Additional toolboxes may be purchased using “child licenses” directly from MathWorks. A child license is affiliated with a TAH License. A Licensee of a Child License is authorized to use MATLAB and other TAH Licensed Programs from the TAH and is also permitted to add other non-TAH Programs to the Child License, provided the TAH is and remains active. In order for a Child License to be qualified as such, affiliation requires that the Licensee must be a member of the faculty or staff and must be a part of the Total Academic Headcount. For more information, call 508-647-7000 or send email to service@mathworks.com to contact a MathWorks representative.

Technical Support

Questions pertaining to Installation and Operation of Matlab and the Toolboxes should be addressed to: support@mathworks.com

Training discounts for educators and students are available, see:
http://www.mathworks.com/academia/tah-support-program/training.html

Also see:

MATLAB Onramp (Self-paced training)

MATLAB Online

MATLAB Central (User Community)

For faculty only, a MathWorks technical representative is available to instructors at UW for assistance with incorporating MATLAB in curriculum. Send mail to support@mathworks.com, mention “curriculum development and support” and that you are at the University of Washington.

Other questions may be submitted to help@uw.edu, please use a subject of “UWare/Matlab”.