Matlab Total Academic Headcount Campus Agreement

On September 1st, 2013 the University of Edinburgh introduced a Total Academic Headcount (TAH) site licence for the Mathworks MATLAB® application and the MATLAB® Distributed Computing Server.

This new TAH license will replace all our existing School provided research and teaching licenses.  In brief summary it allows unrestricted concurrent access for all staff and students to MATLAB®, the 48 currently available toolboxes and MDCS.  It also allows standalone remote installations (staff and PGR students only).

At the moment the new license only supports releases up to and including 2013a, 2013b will be available shortly. On DICE desktops we still have 2010b deployed but we will be updating this in due course to 2013a and then to 2013b when that becomes available. The default licenses used on DICE are still the School ones. This will shortly change to being the centrally provided TAH one, however you can already start using the new TAH licence by following the instructions below.

For those that are not aware, MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualisation, and programming. You can use it to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. There are open source alternatives to MATLAB® that may also meet your needs, such as R and Octave, please take time to consider these as well.

For detailed information on using MATLAB® visit the MATLAB® TAH resource website:

For information on what’s included in the UoE licence, acceptable use, support contacts, activation codes, and installation please visit the UoE Mathworks wiki.

If you are a member of staff or a PGR student and want to install MATLAB® on your own personal machine (to run using either the concurrent network license or standalone) please see the link above for downloading and activation instructions.

Using the new TAH license on DICE:

For now on DICE machines to use the TAH license you need to set an environment variable before starting Matlab. The following command should work:

MLM_LICENSE_FILE=27009@ matlab

Within Matlab you can check that the correct license has been applied by choosing the Help->Licensing->Update Current Licenses menu option which should report the license as being the Total Academic Headcount Campus one.

Note that at the moment only the toolboxes installed on DICE under our existing license arrangements will work.

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