National Instruments has announced the availability of the LabVIEW 8.5 Student Edition, the latest version of the graphical system design software that gives students a flexible, hands-on environment to design, prototype and deploy engineering and science concepts into real-world applications. The student edition offers all the features of the popular LabVIEW graphical development platform including multicore processing and hybrid programming, providing students with software that facilitates project-based learning, leverages the latest industry performance standards and gives more programming options for creating applications and engineering algorithms.
Multicore processing, the development of parallel applications running concurrently on two or more processor cores, is gaining popularity in industry because of the exponential performance improvements it provides. The LabVIEW 8.5 Student Edition teaches students to easily optimise and engineer algorithms for multiple cores as well as deploy threads for control, test and embedded system development.
“It is important that students have the opportunity to develop the skills that are marketable to employers,” said Ray Almgren, Vice President of Academic Marketing at NI. “We are excited to expand our contribution to engineering education by equipping students with technologies that support the latest PC performance enhancements, such as multicore, and help them stay ahead of industry trends.”
In addition to multicore processing, students can use hybrid programming with LabVIEW MathScript to combine multiple models of computation or methods of programming. LabVIEW MathScript adds math-oriented, textual programming to LabVIEW, making it possible for students to reuse their .m file scripts created using The MathWorks, Inc. MATLAB® software and other software so they can design and engineer algorithms with the programming approach that best suits their application needs.
The LabVIEW Student Edition also provides a student install option that gives universities the opportunity to easily distribute the graphical software to its student body. Currently, universities such as Virginia Tech, which has more than 1,600 freshman engineering students, use this feature to quickly get their students ready for instruction in a project-based learning environment.
Continuing its support of engineering education worldwide, National Instruments offers the LabVIEW 8.5 Student Edition in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Simplified Chinese.