Latest LabView Student Edition Includes Multicore Processing, Hybrid Programming

National Instruments has released LabView 8.5 Student Edition, the latest update to its software that gives students a graphical system for designing, prototyping, and deploying real-world applications based on engineering and science concepts.

Schools can use the student edition to provide project-based learning. The student edition provides LabView development features such as multicore processing and hybrid programming. Multicore processing, which is the development of parallel apps concurrently running on two or more processors, provides exponential performance improvements and is increasingly popular in modern industry. The latest update shows students how to engineer algorithms for multiple cores and deploy threads for control, test, and embedded system development.

Students can use the hybrid programming features with LabView MathScript to combine multiple computation models or programming methods. MathScript adds math-oriented, textual programming to LabView and lets students reuse scripts they might have created using other design software.

LabVIEW 8.5 Student Edition, for Mac OS X and Windows, starts at $59 and comes in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese editions. The LabVIEW 8.5 Student Install Option is priced from $40.

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