Using Math Software Under UNIX
with material from Dave Hart
- UNIX - The absolute least you need to know
- Using the Math Software
- Using graphics over the network
- Using batch processing
- Further Reading
Maple, Matlab, or Mathematica. We assume that you are fairly familiar with one of these packages. We also assume you are comfortable using the basic functionality of network utilities such as FTP and Telnet (or SSH). Our goal is to ease the transition from a window-style desktop environment to a command-line based UNIX environment.
The standard math tools at IUB -- Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab -- have versions that can run on many different platforms. The microcomputer version offers a relatively friendly interface, while the mainframe version offers raw power. For everyday problems, you'll find the microcomputer version fast and easy to use. Even when you need the power of the mainframe, you may still want to develop algorithms and debug code on your desktop, then turn to shared systems for production runs that require large storage or extended number-crunching.
This document is designed for users at Indiana University (Bloomington or IUPUI campuses), who have accounts on either the Research SP system, Steel, Nations, DaVinci, or Ships. The information contained herein may not be appropriate for your specific circumstances (especially when refering to characteristics of specific computers).UNIX - The Least You Need to Know and Starting the Math Software sections, unless you already know this information. You may then pick among the remaining sections to fit your needs.