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Using matlab on sooner
Using MATLAB on Sooner

  • MATLAB is available on

  • You will need an OSCER account

    • Contact to request an account

  • You must be OU Norman facutly, staff, or student or with affiliated programs at Tulsa campus

    • OUHSC is not covered by our license

    • Verify that you are in the 'matlab' group on sooner

      • Run the command id – the matlab group should appear in your group list if you're allowed to use MATLAB


  • If you have difficulties with running MATLAB or with any other aspect of OSCER systems, please send email to

Two approaches
Two Approaches

  • Creating an Ad Hoc MATLAB cluster within Sooner

    • Reserve a pool of nodes for up to 48 hours

    • Cannot use toolboxes licensed on your workstation

  • Submitting Tasks From Your Workstation

    • Slightly slower

    • Allows you to use your personal toolboxes

    • Somewhat difficult to configure

Within the cluster
Within the Cluster

  • Submit a job to the distcomp queue

  • A sample submission script is available


  • A job manager is created for that job

  • Discover the job manager with


  • Sample code is included in comments in the sample bsub file

From your workstation
From Your Workstation

  • Run MATLAB normally

  • Use Cluster resources to offload tasks

  • Requires some setup

  • Allows using locally licensed toolboxes

Procedure overview
Procedure Overview

  • Setup SSH to Connect to Sooner

    • Generate shared keys

    • Configure Putty for shared key access

  • Copy support files for MATLAB

  • Create needed directories

Install matlab
Install MATLAB

  • We're going to assume you already have a local MATLAB installation

  • Go to to get MATLAB

  • Contact IT Support at 325-HELP for installation support with MATLAB

Install putty
Install PuTTY

  • Putty is a Windows SSH client


  • You will need

    • PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP, Plink, Pageant, PuTTYgen

  • All of these must be in your default path

    • The easiest way to do this is to copy them all to the c:\windows\system32 directory

Generate keys
Generate Keys

  • Login to

  • Generate a key pair

    ssh-keygen -t rsa -f temp_key

  • Import the public key

    cat >>~/.ssh/authorized_keys

    Copy the private key to your workstation

    (From Windows)pscp “c:\Documents and Settings\yourlocalaccount\My Documents\temp_key”

Import key
Import Key

  • Run PuTTYgen

  • Click 'Load' and select the temp_key file

  • Click 'Save Private Key' and save as 'private_key.ppk'

Create a connection
Create a Connection

  • Run Putty

  • Enter for the hostname

  • Enter in 'Saved Sessions' and click 'Save'

Setup putty to use key
Setup Putty to Use Key

  • Select Connection->SSH->Auth in the left panel

  • In the field marked 'Private key file for authentication' select the key you saved in PuTTYgen

Setup putty to login automatically
Setup Putty to Login Automatically

  • Select Connection->Data from the left panel

  • In the field marked Auto-login username enter your OSCER username

  • Click Session in the left panel and click save

  • Double click the saved connection and verify you're able to login

Install client files
Install Client Files

  • Copy the file /home/hneeman/ to your workstation

  • Unzip the files and move them to the local toolbox directory

    • Typically this will be c:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2008b\toolbox\local

Create directories
Create Directories

  • You'll need two temporary directories MATLAB will use for transferring files and managing jobs

  • On Sooner


  • On your workstation

    c:\Documents And Settings\localusername\My Documents\matlab_temp

Testing the connection
Testing the Connection

  • Copy the file /home/hneeman/soonertest.m to your local MATLAB directory on your workstation. Usually located in

  • C:\Documents and Settings\localusername\My Documents\MATLAB

  • Edit the file to use the correct usernames in the file paths

    • remoteDataLocation = '/scratch/yourusername/matlab_temp';

      set(sched, 'DataLocation', 'C:\Documents and Settings\localusername\My Documents\matlab_temp');

  • From within MATLAB run soonertest

Points to remember
Points to Remember

  • This information is available on the OSCER website:

  • Sample bsub scripts are at /home/hneeman/example_matlab_parallel.bsub

  • You must be an OU Norman faculty, staff, or student (including affiliated Tulsa programs) to use MATLAB at OSCER

  • As always, contact if you have any difficulty with this or any other aspect of OSCER systems