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MATLAB is a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation. You can use MATLAB in a wide range of applications, including signal and image processing, communications, control design, test and measurement, financial modeling and analysis, and computational biology.

Previously, using MATLAB required a user-supplied license (and a lot of effort) to run on our systems. CAC now has an academic license for MATLAB provided by Queen's University. For a personal MATLAB license through Queen's University, see the ITS software page.

Getting access

Send a signed MATLAB usage statement form to This will add you to the matlab group that allows access to the software. To check if you have been authorized access, type groups while logged on to the system. If matlab appears in the output, you are ready to go!

Running MATLAB

To load MATLAB to your current environment on the SW cluster, use the command use matlab (module load matlab on the Frontenac cluster). If your SSH client supports X-forwarding (and you have logged in using X-forwarding using ssh -X, you can bring up the MATLAB user interface with the command matlab.

To run MATLAB non-interactively (such as when running a script or submitting a job to the cluster), use the command matlab -nodisplay < name_of_your_script.m

An example of a MATLAB job is shown below:

#$ -cwd
#$ -V

# replace "X" with the number of processors requested
#$ -pe X
# replace "Y" with the amount of memory requested (in GB)
#$ -l mf=YG

use matlab
matlab -nodisplay < name_of_matlab_script.m


The following toolboxes are installed / available for our MATLAB version.

MATLAB                                                Version 9.2         (R2017a)
Simulink                                              Version 8.9         (R2017a)
Bioinformatics Toolbox                                Version 4.8         (R2017a)
Communications System Toolbox                         Version 6.4         (R2017a)
Computer Vision System Toolbox                        Version 7.3         (R2017a)
Control System Toolbox                                Version 10.2        (R2017a)
Curve Fitting Toolbox                                 Version 3.5.5       (R2017a)
DSP System Toolbox                                    Version 9.4         (R2017a)
Database Toolbox                                      Version 7.1         (R2017a)
Econometrics Toolbox                                  Version 4.0         (R2017a)
Embedded Coder                                        Version 6.12        (R2017a)
Filter Design HDL Coder                               Version 3.1.1       (R2017a)
Financial Instruments Toolbox                         Version 2.5         (R2017a)
Financial Toolbox                                     Version 5.9         (R2017a)
Fixed-Point Designer                                  Version 5.4         (R2017a)
Fuzzy Logic Toolbox                                   Version 2.2.25      (R2017a)
Global Optimization Toolbox                           Version 3.4.2       (R2017a)
HDL Coder                                             Version 3.10        (R2017a)
HDL Verifier                                          Version 5.2         (R2017a)
Image Acquisition Toolbox                             Version 5.2         (R2017a)
Image Processing Toolbox                              Version 10.0        (R2017a)
Instrument Control Toolbox                            Version 3.11        (R2017a)
MATLAB Coder                                          Version 3.3         (R2017a)
MATLAB Compiler                                       Version 6.4         (R2017a)
MATLAB Compiler SDK                                   Version 6.3.1       (R2017a)
Mapping Toolbox                                       Version 4.5         (R2017a)
Neural Network Toolbox                                Version 10.0        (R2017a)
Optimization Toolbox                                  Version 7.6         (R2017a)
Parallel Computing Toolbox                            Version 6.10        (R2017a)
Partial Differential Equation Toolbox                 Version 2.4         (R2017a)
RF Toolbox                                            Version 3.2         (R2017a)
Robust Control Toolbox                                Version 6.3         (R2017a)
Signal Processing Toolbox                             Version 7.4         (R2017a)
SimEvents                                             Version 5.2         (R2017a)
Simscape                                              Version 4.2         (R2017a)
Simscape Multibody                                    Version 5.0         (R2017a)
Simulink 3D Animation                                 Version 7.7         (R2017a)
Simulink Coder                                        Version 8.12        (R2017a)
Simulink Control Design                               Version 4.5         (R2017a)
Simulink Design Verifier                              Version 3.3         (R2017a)
Simulink Verification and Validation                  Version 3.13        (R2017a)
Stateflow                                             Version 8.9         (R2017a)
Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox               Version 11.1        (R2017a)
Symbolic Math Toolbox                                 Version 7.2         (R2017a)
System Identification Toolbox                         Version 9.6         (R2017a)
Wavelet Toolbox                                       Version 4.18        (R2017a)