Using MATLAB from Home
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You are welcome and even encouraged to work on the labs at home but you must
attend lab to receive your Instructor Verification signatures!
There are several ways to use MATLAB
from home. You may buy and install MATLAB
and the SP First toolbox (available on the CD-ROM that accompanies the course
text). Or, you may run it remotely from the Unix workstations in the
CoC or your personal Linux systems. You can obtain the updated version of the
SP First toolbox here,
and instructions to install it are available there.
Running MATLAB at Home
If you want to work on the labs at home (something which we encourage) you
will first need to buy MATLAB. Then you
will need to install the SP First toolbox for MATLAB
on your computer. The SP First toolbox is on the CD-ROM that comes with
the course text and instructions are on the CD-ROM or here.
There are a few additional instructions here that may be useful.
- Versions of MATLAB: You can buy the
Student version of MATLAB that comes at a comparatively lower price but with
all features, either from the bookstore or online from The
- After having installed
the SPFirst toolbox and updated the Matlab ‘path’, you can test your
installation of SPFirst by typing :
>> help spfirst
This will show
the demos that are installed as part of the SPFirst toolbox. Then typing the
name of any of the demos(ex. zdrill, cltidemo,etc.) should run the demo
Running MATLAB Remotely
MATLAB may be run on the Unix
workstations in Klaus. These are available for use via remote
access and there are two options available for running MATLAB on them.
- The first (and least
desirable) is to just ssh to one of the machines (such as
yamsrv[1,2,3 or 4].ece.gatech.edu) and run MATLAB in the terminal
window. This method has the disadvantage that you cannot view any
- The best method is to
have an X-server running at home so you can view plots. There is
currently no way to export sound. If you are running Linux with X
at home then your problem is solved. If you are running Windows or
Mac OS then you need to get an X-server. There are many available, and
you can download from http://www.microimages.com/freestuf/mix/
or download and use the free Cygwin/X.
Please refer to the FAQ in http://www.ece-help.gatech.edu
page for more information on this. If you have any questions (after
reading the documentation) please post them on the bulletin board.