For those who don’t know MathWorks, can you tell us a little bit about what it does?
MathWorks is the leading developer of software for mathematical computing and has two flagship platforms, MATLAB and Simulink. MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for the simulation and model-based design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists around the world rely on these products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation and other industries.
MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools at the world’s leading universities and educational institutions.
What trends do you see in the field of mathematical computing?
The increasing use of cloud platforms and applications by engineers and researchers is a significant development. While this has been the case for consumer apps for years, we’re seeing a significant increase in the number of cloud-first customers who want their data, tools, and platforms in the same environment.
The catalyst behind cloud computing is the improved use of IoT devices. Sensors are no longer only found in industrial machines; They are in almost every electronic product on the market today and have changed people’s expectations of product performance and connectivity. MATLAB and Simulink make product design and validation easier for companies adapting their products for the IoT era.
Can you give us any particularly interesting examples of using MathWorks solutions for the cloud?
By using MATLAB and Simulink in the cloud, engineers and scientists can accelerate their development processes by providing on-demand access to advanced computing resources, software tools, and reliable data storage. Companies can:
- Get instant access to MATLAB and Simulink in a web browser with MATLAB Online and Simulink Online.
- Connect MATLAB code to cloud data and other services from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and more.
- Scale long-running calculations and simulations to CPUs, GPUs or compute clusters in the cloud.
- Integrate MATLAB with cloud-based continuous integration systems to automate code testing and improve code quality
- Deploy MATLAB and Simulink models and embed custom MATLAB and Simulink analyzes into cloud-based applications without having to transcode them in another language.
I read that MathWorks focused its March software updates on “going beyond its traditional scientific base — and with autonomous vehicle developers in mind.” How do these updates do that?
The automotive market is not new to us, as our tools have been used to create embedded software for decades. However, we see many forward-thinking automakers like Tesla, Toyota, and others adopting a solid commitment to using software as a key differentiator in their customer experience. Automated driving systems rely heavily on cloud and AI technologies, and our flagship platforms help engineers integrate and validate their designs.
How is MathWorks helping to address climate change with advances in clean energy products, climate research, and financial risk and sustainability?
The global proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) is a key countermeasure to climate change and an area where we are helping. It is important to understand that electric vehicles need more and smarter software to control and manage their energy. MATLAB, Simulink, and Simscape enable engineers to drive electric vehicle development by systematically using data and models. Automakers can use pre-built reference applications to lower the simulation barrier, model batteries, design battery management systems (BMS), model traction motors, design motor control units (MCU), and more.
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