Archives—July 2011

New MATLAB site license

IT just purchased a new MATLAB Total Academic Headcount license; this licenses MATLAB for the whole campus, for uses that include instruction and research (with the exclusion of commercial research). This license also allows the installation of MATLAB on computers without a network connection, a feature that is particularly useful for laptops used in field research. The license comes with unlimited uses of the most commonly used toolboxes on campus, the notable exception being the Distributed Computing Engine, which has a pricing structure of its own.

As before, researches can buy additional toolboxes to add on to our license.

Please read on to see the list of toolboxes and features available under this license.

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Computer labs to be upgraded to Windows 7

As part of the usual summer upgrades in the computer labs, this year we are upgrading the operating system (O.S.) installed in our labs to Windows 7, Service Pack 1. The new O.S. replaces the installations  of Windows XP, Service Pack 3 that could be found in most labs on campus.

The direct benefit to our students is that they will be able to use the same user interface that is already available in all new PC’s equipped with a Windows O.S. Additonally, the new O.S. can take advantage of computers that are 64-bit capable to performs certain kinds of processing faster; it can also handle memory sizes above the 3Gb limit existing in Windows XP. Continue reading