Is your lab still paying hefty amounts for mathematical tools which can be replaced by a nifty, free-of-cost software called Scilab?
Then we suggest it's time to switch to the world of free knowledge and also to grace your annual balance-sheets significantly.
Scilab is a free and open source software that can run on all the widely used platforms - Microsoft Windows, Linux and Macintosh- on both basic hardware configurations and high-end servers. It has many toolboxes required for advanced engineering, academic and research purposes.
Scilab can be used for:
Graphics and Data Visualizations
Control and Signal Processing
Modeling and Simulation of Dynamical Systems
In addition to the above, the capabilities of Scilab can be extended by the use of available or custom-made toolboxes where the extensions can be written in ubiquitous lower level languages like Fortran and C.
Along with Scilab, comes Xcos, a graphical dynamical system modeler and simulator. In many respects, it is similar to proprietary packages like Simulink, LabVIEW and Dymola. With Xcos the user can create block diagrams to model and simulate the dynamics of sophisticated dynamical systems and compile such models into executable codes.
AICTE has made it necessary for universities to mention an "open source equivalent" of the proprietary packages mentioned in their syllabus. In our opinion, Scilab/Xcos offers capabilities similar to those of Matlab/Simulink and can be easily employed for most of the academic purposes. It also finds mention in the syllabi of various universities.
The detailed information about the procedure to submit a proposal is available at http://scilab.in/procedure-lab-migration
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