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MATLAB on the MacBook Pro

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lfurbano Calculating status...
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Feb 21, 2006 9:47 PM
Just installed MATLAB ver. 7.1 for OS X on my MacBook Pro and ended up with a bouncing dock icon. Apparently, MATLAB makes native JNI calls (to JAVA for displaying figures and the MATLAB GUI) and this is not covered by Rosetta.

Big bummer for me since I used MATLAB almost daily and was looking forward to the dual core really bumping up performance.

Some have reportedly gotten MATLAB to run in the terminal under X11 (no GUI) but I had no such luck.

According to Mathworks, the Intel macs are being tested with a new "universal" build of MATLAB and we won't expect to see anything for at least another month or so.

I really hope that gets done soon.

LFU
MacBook Pro 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, 100 MB 7200 RPM HD, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Missile Guidance, Navigationa and Control Engineer
  • rlpm Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Feb 21, 2006 9:50 PM (in response to lfurbano)
    Bummer. I use MATLAB for some of my image processing and analysis research. Have you tried octave? I haven't checked to see if a pre-built MacIntel binary is available yet, but you should be able to compile it from source.

    I'll let you know wne I get my MacBook (tomorrow?) I'll be installing/compiling many such things (octave, MzScheme, SML/NJ, gnuplot, yadda yadda).
    MacBook Pro 15/2.0/2GB/256/100@5400, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Guillaume Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2006 12:17 PM (in response to lfurbano)
    That's not cool. I was hoping Matlab would run under Rosetta. But if Mathwors come up with something in universal binary in the next month, that would be even better. Do any of you think taht it will still run under X11 or is it going to be completely native ?

    Also, I was wonderinf if any of you use Maple and if the version for Power PC runs under Rosetta.

    Thanks

    Guillaume
    iBook, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • canadafred Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2006 12:57 PM (in response to lfurbano)
    Does anyone tried to install a previous version of Matlab on MBP, like 6.5? Is it working?
    MBP 1.83, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • rlpm Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Feb 25, 2006 11:30 PM (in response to rlpm)
    I tried downloading and building octave today, but to no avail, as it requires a fortran compiler. I signed up for Intel's fortran compiler beta release for MacIntel. I'll try to post to this thread again with any new information (if anyone is still listening).
    MacBook Pro 15/2.0/2GB/256/100@5400, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Guillaume Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 26, 2006 6:50 AM (in response to rlpm)
    That would be very nice. Of course there's still people listening. Looking forward to see what you can pull out of that.

    Guillaume
    iBook, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Marc Feldesman Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)
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    Feb 26, 2006 12:54 PM (in response to rlpm)
    The universal binary of R is now available on CRAN (http://cran.r-project.org). Go to the MacOSX page and download version 2.2.1 (the universal binary for the Mac). Note that the package includes the fortran compiler that is needed to compile both R and various packages from source code. They are including the gcc build of the fortran compiler. That should solve your problems in compiling Octave.
    7 Windoze, 4 Linuxen & 3 OS X (2 iBooks, MBP 2.0), Mac OS X (10.4.5), More iPods than people in my house
  • rmstern Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2006 8:53 PM (in response to lfurbano)
    Like the rest of us, I could not get the GUI to work, and the note below suggesting that we may see something in a month or two was very inconsistent with what I was hearing from the MATLAB support staff.

    I contacted some friends of mine inside the Mathworks and received the following very disappointing response:

    "I am the marketing manager responsible for Platform support.

    The MathWorks does intend to support the Intel Macs. However, we do not have a definite release date. We certainly will not have a version in a month or so. The likely release is R2007a due out in March of 2007. We do intend to do a beta version before that, probably by the fall of this year.

    While it may appear that supporting this platform is straightforward, in fact it is pretty complicated. We need to treat it like a new port and it requires a significant update to our build tools. On top of that we don't have sufficient information from Apple about their 64-bit plans so planning for this port has been a challenge.

    I hope this answers your question. Let me know if anything is still unclear.

    Also, we are updating our web page with more recent information concerning our plans. "

    This was devastating news for me ... I was looking forward to my new laptop (my previous one was stolen), and I cannot work without MATLAB. I will probably sell my MacBook Pro and purchase an older G4 to tide me over the next 6-12 months.

    Just installed MATLAB ver. 7.1 for OS X on my MacBook
    Pro and ended up with a bouncing dock icon.
    Apparently, MATLAB makes native JNI calls (to JAVA
    for displaying figures and the MATLAB GUI) and this
    is not covered by Rosetta.

    Big bummer for me since I used MATLAB almost daily
    and was looking forward to the dual core really
    bumping up performance.

    Some have reportedly gotten MATLAB to run in the
    terminal under X11 (no GUI) but I had no such luck.

    According to Mathworks, the Intel macs are being
    tested with a new "universal" build of MATLAB and we
    won't expect to see anything for at least another
    month or so.

    I really hope that gets done soon.

    LFU




    G4 Powerbooks, MacBook Pro   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  

    G4 Powerbooks, MacBook Pro   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • nosfer Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2007 1:35 PM (in response to lfurbano)
    I just installed the Matlab 2007a on MBP. It uses the X11 and so far I would say that it does not run as fast as it runs on windows. You can easly test the performance by typing 'bench' on the command window. Matlab runs couple of scrips and compares the performance of your system to different ones and tells you how fast it is.
    To be honest, my brand new MBP 2.16 GHz with 2 gm ram is the slowest system on that list....
    Macbook Pro 2.16 GHz 2GB SDRAM, Mac OS X (10.4.10)

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