Applications/Matlab

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Application Details

  • Description: MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and programming language developed by MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, and implementation of algorithms. A range of toolboxes are available to extend functionality.
  • Versions: 2016a, 2016b
  • Module names: matlab/2016a matlab/2016b
  • License: University of Hull Total Academic Headcount license, available to members of the university for research use

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Usage Examples

Executables

Executable Description
matlab By default Matlab will make use of multithreading for certain functions, with the maximum number of computational threads equal to the number of computational cores on the node. If a job or session hasn't requested appropriate resource, this multithreading can cause contention for CPU resource and negatively impact other users. For this reason the standard matlab command has been aliased so it runs with -singleCompThread option and will only use a single CPU core. See Parallel Matlab
matlab-mt To access standard matlab that supports multithreading, please use the matlab-mt command and request appropriate resource by either using an exclusive session with interactive --exclusive or submiting a task with the #SBATCH --exclusive. See Parallel Matlab

Interactive

Interactive with full graphical interface:

[username@login01 ~]$ interactive
salloc: Granted job allocation 289663
Job ID 289663 connecting to c170, please wait...
Last login: Thu Jan 26 12:59:11 2017 from 10.254.5.246
[username@c170 ~]$ module add matlab/2016a
[username@c170 ~]$ matlab

Interactive with command line only:

[username@c170 ~]$ matlab -nodisplay

                                                    < M A T L A B (R) >
                                          Copyright 1984-2016 The MathWorks, Inc.
                                           R2016a (9.0.0.341360) 64-bit (glnxa64)
                                                     February 11, 2016

To get started, type one of these: helpwin, helpdesk, or demo.
For product information, visit www.mathworks.com.

        Academic License

>>

Batch Submission

#!/bin/bash
#SBATCH -J MATLAB           # Job name, you can change it to whatever you want
#SBATCH -N 1                # Number of nodes (for Matlab should be always one)
#SBATCH -o %N.%j.out        # Standard output will be written here
#SBATCH -e %N.%j.err        # Standard error will be written here
#SBATCH -p compute          # Slurm partition, where you want the job to be queued 
 
module purge
module add matlab/2016a
 
matlab -nodisplay -nojvm -nodesktop -nosplash -r my_matlab_m_file

This submission script can be found at /path/to/sample/script Matlab

[username@login01 ~]$ sbatch MATLABtest.job
Submitted batch job 289522

Parallel Matlab

By default Matlab on Viper will run on a single core as mutli-threading conflicts with the schedulers resource management, however there are three ways in which Matlab can utilise multiple processors:

Multi-threading

Matlab can use multiple threads for certain built in functions for example linear algebra and numerical functions such as fft, \ (mldivide), eig, svd, and sort. These functions automatically execute on multiple computational threads in a single MATLAB session, allowing them to execute faster on multicore-enabled machines. Additionally, many functions in Image Processing Toolbox are multithreaded.

Using the standard matlab command, on Viper this is aliased to matlab -singleCompThread to limit to one thread:

[username@c170 ~]$ matlab -nodisplay -nojvm -nodesktop -nosplash -r "maxNumCompThreads , exit"

                                                    < M A T L A B (R) >
                                          Copyright 1984-2016 The MathWorks, Inc.
                                           R2016a (9.0.0.341360) 64-bit (glnxa64)
                                                     February 11, 2016

For online documentation, see http://www.mathworks.com/support
For product information, visit www.mathworks.com.

        Academic License

Warning: maxNumCompThreads will be removed in a future release. Please remove any instances of this function from your code.
> In maxNumCompThreads (line 26)

ans =

     1

Using the matlab-mt command, on Viper this starts Matlab with multithreading support enabled:

[username@c170 ~]$ matlab-mt -nodisplay -nojvm -nodesktop -nosplash -r "maxNumCompThreads , exit"

                                                    < M A T L A B (R) >
                                          Copyright 1984-2016 The MathWorks, Inc.
                                           R2016a (9.0.0.341360) 64-bit (glnxa64)
                                                     February 11, 2016

For online documentation, see http://www.mathworks.com/support
For product information, visit www.mathworks.com.

        Academic License

Warning: maxNumCompThreads will be removed in a future release. Please remove any instances of this function from your code.
> In maxNumCompThreads (line 26)

ans =

     28

When using Matlab with multicore enabled (using the matlab-mt command), please ensure you have exclusive access to the node, see Exclusive interactive or Exclusive batch jobs.

Parallel Computing Toolbox

The Parallel Computing Toolbox allows you to open a number of workers (separate Matlab engines) on the local node, up to the number of cores on that node (28 for standard nodes in an exclusive session).

>> parpool('local',28)
Starting parallel pool (parpool) using the 'local' profile ... connected to 28 workers.

ans = 

 Pool with properties: 

            Connected: true
           NumWorkers: 28
              Cluster: local
        AttachedFiles: {}
          IdleTimeout: 30 minute(s) (30 minutes remaining)
          SpmdEnabled: true

When using Matlab with the Parallel Computing Toolbox, please ensure you have exclusive access to the node, see Exclusive interactive or Exclusive batch jobs.

Matlab Distributed Computing Server

The Matlab Distributed Computing Server is not currently supported on Viper.

Change Log

[2017-06-09] Matlab 2016b installed

[2017-02-22] Changed default Matlab launch command in module to matlab -singleCompThread to disable multi-threading

Further Information