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Name: MATLAB
Topic: What's new?
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Last modified: Tu, Dec 2, 2014
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What's New in the Athena matlab locker

NOTE: a number of links in the older detail descriptions below are broken- they link to information in lockers that no longer exist. We are keeping the information for those releases on this page as a historical record of old MATLAB releases on Athena

Changes in the matlab locker include:

December, 2014

SimRF is added to our license.

October, 2014

MATLAB 8.4 (Release R2014b) is installed. It incorporates significant new functionality and a new graphics system.

June, 2014

MATLAB 8.3 (Release R2014a) is set as default.

March, 2014

MATLAB 8.3 (Release R2014a) is installed.

December, 2013

MATLAB 8.2 (Release R2013b) is set as default.

September, 2013

MATLAB 8.2 (Release R2013b) is installed.

May, 2013

MATLAB 8.1 (Release R2013a) is set as default.

May, 2013

The contributed Toolboxes are removed from MATLABPATH as this was causing problems. Users needing to access these can add them back to MATLABPATH using addpath statements in their ~/startup.m file.

March, 2013

MATLAB 8.1 (Release R2013a) is installed. The Fixed-Point Toolbox and Simulink Fixed Point are merged into the new Fixed-Point Designer.

September, 2012

MATLAB 8.0 (Release R2012b) is installed. This is a major update, with many changes.

June, 2012

MATLAB 7.14 (Release R2012a) is set as default.

March, 2012

MATLAB 7.14 (Release R2012a) is installed.

September, 2011

MATLAB 7.13 (Release R2011b) is installed and set as default.

May, 2011

MATLAB 7.12 (Release R2011a) is set as default.

April, 2011

MATLAB 7.12 (Release R2011a) is installed.

March, 2011

MATLAB 7.11.1 (Release R2010bSP1) is installed.

December, 2010

MATLAB 7.11 (Release R2010b) is set as default.

September, 2010

MATLAB 7.11 (Release R2010b) is installed. The Spline Toolbox is merged into the Curve Fitting Toolbox.

July, 2010

Many new Toolboxes and Blocksets are added when we switch over to the new Total Academic Headcount license.

June, 2010

MATLAB 7.10 (Release R2010a) is made the default.

May, 2010

The Maple Toolbox is added to the MATLAB 7.10 (Release R2010a) and MATLAB 7.9 (Release R20009b) lockers.

March, 2010

MATLAB 7.10 (Release R2010a) is installed. The Genetic Algorithm and Direct Search Toolbox is renamed Global Optimization Toolbox.

January, 2010

MATLAB 7.9 (Release R2009b) is set as default.

October, 2009

MATLAB 7.9 (Release R2009b) is installed.

June, 2009

MATLAB 7.8 (Release R2009a) is set as default.

April, 2009

MATLAB 7.8 (Release R2009a) for 64 bit Linux is added.

March, 2009

MATLAB 7.8 (Release R2009a) is installed.

January, 2009

MATLAB 7.7 (Release R2008b) is set as default.

October, 2008

MATLAB 7.7 (Release R2008b) is installed. The GARCH Toolbox is renamed Econometrics Toolbox, and the Symbolic Toolbox is now based on Mupad instead of Maple (the Advanced Symbolic Toolbox no longer exists).

July, 2008

Filter Design HDL Coder and Simulink HDL Coder are added.

June, 2008

MATLAB 7.6 (Release R2008a) is made the default.

March, 2008

MATLAB 7.6 (Release R2008a) is installed.

January, 2008

MATLAB 7.5 (Release R2007b) set as default

October, 2007

MATLAB 7.5 (Release R2007b) is installed.

June, 2007

MATLAB 7.4 (Release R2007a) set as default.

March, 2007

MATLAB 7.4 (Release R2007a) is installed, and we add Simscape. Symbolic and Extended Symbolic Toolboxes are no longer available for Solaris.

January, 2007

MATLAB 7.3 (Release R2006b) is set as default, and we add MATLAB Builder for Java. This is the last 32 bit Solaris release.

October, 2006

MATLAB 7.3 (Release R2006b) is installed.

August, 2006

lpsolve (Mixed Linear Programming solver) is added to the MATLAB locker(s).

June, 2006

MATLAB 7.2 (Release R2006a) is set as default.

March, 2006

MATLAB 7.2 (Release R2006a) is installed.

For more information, see:

January, 2006

MATLAB 7.1 (Release 14SP3) is made the default. We add many Toolboxes:

For more information, see:

September, 2005

MATLAB 7.1 (Release 14SP3) is now available. It fixes still more bugs and introduces updates to many of the Toolboxes. We plan to make this the default version during IAP 2006; R14SP2 is the current default.

April, 2005

MATLAB 7.0.4SP2 (Release 14SP2) is now available. It fixes more bugs and introduces updates to many of the Toolboxes. We make this the default version in Summer 2005.

October-December, 2004

MATLAB 7.0.1SP1 (Release 14SP1) is now available. It fixes bugs in 7.0 but also introduces significant updates to many of the Toolboxes. The compiler is again available for Solaris, and buildmcr works for Linux (but not Sun). A subsequent compiler patch bringing it to version 4.1.1 (December, 2001) seems to fix almost all the problems we have encountered. We make this release the default at this time.

June, 2004

MATLAB 7.0 (Release 14) is now available. It is a major update and somewhat buggy; the compiler is not available for Solaris and buildmcr, the application deployment archive builder, is broken on Linux. Command-line switch remapping is currently identical to that used for MATLAB 6.5.1, but we are contemplating reverting to the Mathworks' defaults.We need to do more testing, but hope to make it the default version for Fall 2004.

October, 2003

MATLAB 6.5.1 (Release 13 Service Pack 1) is now available for all Athena platforms. It incorporates bug fixes and major updates to a number of the Toolboxes. We plan to make it the default during I.A.P. 2004. We continue to present the traditional interface on default launch, instead of the Java Desktop. Command-line switch remapping is identical to that used for MATLAB 6.5.

For more information, see:

August, 2002

MATLAB 6.5 (Release 13) is now available for all Athena platforms, we would like to make it the default for the Fall, 2002 term but testing time is short. The Curve Fitting Toolbox has been added since last Summer's update. We continue to present the traditional interface on default launch, instead of the Java Desktop. Command-line switch remapping is identical to that used for MATLAB 6.1.0.

For more information, see:

August, 2001

MATLAB 6.1.0 (Release 12.1) is now available for all Athena platforms and has been made the Athena default. We find the Java Desktop works much better than in 6.0.0, but continue to disable it on a default launch due to the preference of the majority of users for the traditional interface.

For more information, see:

March, 2001

We add the Communications Toolbox. For more information, see:

January, 2001

MATLAB 6.0.0 (Release 12) is installed for all platforms; we run into many problems with the new Java Desktop and disable it by default (users can still run it by using a local "-desktop" command-line switch). We consider making it the default in Summer 2001, but it is superseded by the 6.1.0 release.

January, 2000

MATLAB 5.3.1 (Release 11.1) is now available; it has been made the Athena default. It is available for all platforms.

New toolbox: the LMI Control Toolbox is available for MATLAB 5.3.1.

For more information, see:

May, 1999

MATLAB 5.3 (Release 11) is now available; it will become the Athena default in mid-summer 1999. It is available for all platforms except SGIs running Irix 6.2 and below (as part of the Athena 8.3 summer release, all public cluster SGIs will be running Irix 6.5). To run MATLAB 5.3:

        athena% add matlab
        athena% matlab -ver 5.3 &

New toolbox: the Fuzzy Logic Toolbox is available for MATLAB 5.3.

For more information, see:

December, 1998

Several changes have been made this semester to the user-contributed toolbox directory:

All of the above toolboxes are available as part of the default Athena MATLAB path.

July, 1998

MATLAB 5.2 is now the default for all platforms except SGI Indys running Irix 5.3. (MATLAB 5.1 is the final version which will run on Irix 5.3, and is now the default version for this platform. In August, SGI Indys in public clusters will be updated to Irix 6.2 as part of the Athena 8.2 release. At that point, they will run MATLAB 5.2 as default.)

MATLAB 4.2 and 5.1 are still available, and may be run by typing:

        athena% add matlab
        athena% matlab -ver 4.2 &     or   athena% matlab -ver 5.1 & 

January, 1998

September, 1997

MATLAB 5.1 is now available for Sun, SGI, and Linux. To start MATLAB 5.1 from the command line, type:

        athena% add matlab
        athena% matlab -ver 5.1 &

Note: 4.2 is the final version available for DEC users.

August, 1997

The MATLAB locker has been reorganized into a base locker and two version lockers, one for each of 4.2 and 5.1 (coming soon). MATLAB 4.2 is still the default and will continue to be the default throughout the fall 1997 semester. To run the default version of MATLAB, type

        athena% add matlab
        athena% matlab &

To run version 5.1 (on the Sun, when available), type

        athena% add matlab
        athena% matlab -ver 5.1 &

October, 1996

Two new toolboxes have been added to the Athena MATLAB environment:

January, 1996

During IAP, three new toolboxes were added to the Athena MATLAB environment:

To get started using this toolbox, type the MATLAB command pdetool. This will start the GUI tool that allows you to graphically create a geometry, generate a mesh, specify the equation and solve it. A copy of the PDE Toolbox User's Guide is avaialble in the OLC office, 11-115.

Also added were some Contrib routines:

August 22, 1995

At the end of August, a minor MATLAB release was made. This included 4 major changes in the MATLAB locker:

  1. Due to operating system specific problems, the Athena MATLAB script does not start a new xterm on this platform. The default behavior is the same as matlab -tty.

  2. The Symbolic Toolbox is not available.

See the Linux MATLAB Release notes for more details.

Additionally, the documentation browser was changed to use the htmlview script. This script will open a new page in a running browser or start one if necessary.

August 10, 1995

Since the latest Athena release (early August 1995) fixed a problem with system libraries on the IBM workstations, MATLAB 4.2c was made the default version of MATLAB. This version is now the default on all Athena workstations.

April, 1995

Over Spring Break 1995, a number of changes were made in the Athena MATLAB Locker. These include:

       >>p = path;   % get MATLABPATH and prepend ODE suite directory
       >>path('/mit/matlab/MATLAB4.2/toolbox/contrib/ode',p); 
       >> odedemo    % run new ODE demo package
       

To restore the default behavior

       >> path(p)    % sets MATLABPATH to previously saved value
       

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