Matlab

Through the generosity of the students of NMSU and the Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC), NMSU has a campus license for Matlab.

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This means several important changes you may need to be aware of:

  • The campus license allows for 50 toolboxes to be made available to everyone on campus (student, staff, faculty for use on all campus and personal computers).

  • If you were paying SMS fees, your account was frozen and you were forced to join the campus license on August 1st, 2017.  A frozen account means that *if* the campus license is not renewed, you will be able to pick up your old SMS fees without having to pay back-fees.  This means you will have saved yourself X years of SMS fees and see no immediate increase in those fees if the campus license ceases.
  • The campus license does not distinguish between classroom and research use.  As long as it is not being used for commercial purposes, you may use it.
  • Matlab will be found on all lab computers.

We will have workshops on campus regarding how to use Matlab Fall 2018.

 

FAQ

(Accurate as of May 18, 2017; will be updated regularly as more data becomes available)
Q: Who can use the campus license of MatLab? What computer can I put it on? How many copies can I have?
A: Students, faculty, and staff on both main and branch campuses can use the software as long as it’s not being used for commercial purposes. You can put it on university owned computers or personal ones. You can have as many copies you like: if you have 50 home computers and 30 university ones, you can put it on all 80 machines.
Q: Will Matlab be available on Discovery?
A: Matlab is already on Discovery, but it’s the 2015a version and only has the toolboxes owned by the College of Engineering; if you are not a part of the college you should not technically be using Matlab on Discovery currently. With the campus license, Matlab will be available for everyone on Discovery with all 50 toolboxes.
Q: How do I get Matlab?
A: At the moment, go to software.nmsu.edu or getsoftware.nmsu.edu and click on Matlab.  You can update only the license (if you wish to keep your current version) or do a clean install of the latest version. There is a PDF on the website that walks you through the steps for all operating systems and each type of installation.
Q: When does the license start?
A: It starts July 1st.
Q: I don't currently have a Matlab license, but I'd like one. What do I have to do?
A:At the moment, go to software.nmsu.edu or getsoftware.nmsu.edu and click on Matlab.  You can update only the license (if you wish to keep your current version) or do a clean install of the latest version. There is a PDF on the website that walks you through the steps for all operating systems and each type of installation.
Q: I have an active MatLab license, and I'm getting a weird message now. What's going on?
A: Once the TAH becomes active, you will need to join the campus license.  Please see page2 of this document for further instructions.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit more about the campus license? What is a TAH?
A: TAH is the MathWorks name for a campus license.  For more information please see this document.
Q: What's going on? I thought the university was poor? / I've been asking for this for years! Why now?
A: Yes, the university is poor, and, no, we didn’t find a pool of magic money. Diana Dugas went around to talk with faculty about their IT needs, and software was often brought up.  Matlab, SPSS, and SAS were all identified as being research and classroom limited due to the cost of the software. As Matlab had the largest reach, it was first on the docket. Diana discovered that NMSU students were paying, on average, over $13,000 per year for Matlab. *This student cost* is what made Matlab something that STAC would be interested in supporting, but only if the university (as a whole, the college deans, department heads, someone) agreed to support the software past the STAC funding. This first year of funding is due directly to STAC and we as a university thank them.
Q: So, what about SAS and SPSS?
A: They will also be seeing changes in their availability, but that is for a different announcement.  Rest assured, these statistical softwares will not be left in the cold.
Q: What about my favorite software X?
A:   Please contact Diana Dugas at dugasdvt [at] nmsu.edu and give her a list of your software.  We are working to consolidate licenses to make them cheaper and/or more easily available to people on campus.  It’s possible that your favorite software is someone else’s as well, and we’ll see if we can help.  Again, this is not about finding magic money [there is no magic money].  It’s about finding savings that benefit everyone.  No promises are given, but all software mentioned to Diana will be investigated.