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Session 0: Scilab - History, Features and Applications
- Understand the history of Scilab
- Learn about key features of Scilab
- List the fields where Scilab can be applied
History of Scilab
- Scilab was created in 1990 by researchers from INRIA and ENPC.
- Scilab Consortium was formed in 2003, to broaden contributions and promote its use in academia and industry worldwide.
- Scilab adopted the CeCILL license in July 2004, which is compatible with the GNU GPL.
- In July 2008, Scilab Consortium joined Digiteo, a research cluster in Information Science & Technology.
- In June 2010, Scilab Consortium announced the formation of Scilab Enterprises to broaden contributions to Scilab and promote its use in academis and industry worldwide.
- The lastes version of Scilab is 5.3.2 released on May 12, 2011
Key Features of Scilab
- Maths and Simulation: Elementary mathematics, Liner Algebra, Sparse matrices, Polynomials, Ordinary differential equation solvers
- 2D and 3D visualization: Graphs of 2D and 3D functions and data, Contour plots, LaTeX and MathML annotations, export to various graphic formats
- Built-in interpreted programming language with access to all Scilab functions
- Optimization: Nonlinear optimization, Quadratic optimization, Semi-definite programming, Genetic algorithms, Simulated annealing
- Control Systems Analysis and Design: Transfer function, Classic and robust control, State-space control system design
- Signal processing
- Application design: Advanced data structures, User defined GUI, Interface with Fortran, C/C++, Java, Embedding Scilab in C/C++, Java, .NET, Dynamic build, link and testing framework
- Export and Import: Matlab to Scilab code translator, Read and write MS Excel files