Updated 2023-03-31



  • This guide cover how to load and run matlab/r2021a


  • To load MATLAB:
    • module load matlab/r2021a
  • To run MATLAB:
    • matlab -nodisplay -batch <input file>
  • SBATCH Script can be found here.

Part 1: The SBATCH Script

##SBATCH -A [Account] 
##SBATCH -N 1 --ntasks-per-node=2
#SBATCH --mem-per-cpu=2G
#SBATCH -qinferno
#SBATCH -oReport-%j.out

module load matlab/r2021a
matlab -nodisplay -batch testfile

In this case, our MATLAB file matlab_test.m will be very simple, but the process is similar for most MATLAB scripts.

fprintf("Hello World!")
  • The #SBATCH directives are standard, requesting just 2 minutes of walltime and 1 node with 2 cores. More on #SBATCH directives can be found in the Using Slurm on Phoenix Guide
  • $SLURM_SUBMIT_DIR is is simply a variable that represents the directory you submit the SBATCH script from.


Make sure the .m file you want to run is in the same directory you put the SBATCH script. Additionally, make sure not to include the extension for the file in the SBATCH script.

  • Output Files will also show up in the same directory as the SBATCH script
  • module load matlab/r2021a loads the specified MATLAB version
  • Check job status with squeue --job <jobID>, replacing the jobid returned after running sbatch
  • You can delete the job with scancel <jobID>, replacing the number with the jobid returned after running sbatch

Part 3: Collecting Results

  • In the directory where you submitted the 'SBATCH' script, you should see a newly generated file once your job is completed named Report-<jobID>.out
  • Take a look at testMATLAB.out using any text editor, such as vim with vim Report-<jobID>.out or output to the terminal using cat Report-<jobID>.out
  • It should include the printed "Hello World!" statement.

To Run MATLAB Interactively On Cluster

Set up MATLAB on Phoenix OnDemand

  • In order to access Phoenix OnDemand you must be connected to the GT VPN. If you do not already have the VPN set up, visit Configure the GT VPN
  • Once connected to the VPN you can access the application at Phoenix OnDemand.
  • Choose the Slurm Interactive Apps tab and select Matlab to setup and launch.
  • Setting up Matlab:
    • Charge Account: gts-<PI username> ("phx-pace-staff" works for trial. Required.)
    • Quality of Service: inferno
    • Node Type: GPU Tesla V100-16B or GPU Tesla V100-32B
    • Nodes: 1
    • Cores Per Node: 1 (Number of cores (CPUs) per node. Max: 24 cores per node.)
    • GPUs Per Node: 1
    • Memery Per Crore (GB): Leave blank if unsure. Total memory for job is: nodes × cores × memory per core
    • Number of hours: 1
  • After the preceding details are entered, click the Launch button
  • Once the Launch Matlab button is an available option, click the button to open a Phoenix OnDemand Interactive Desktop to use for MATLAB Screenshot
  • The MATLAB GUI will load on screen. Screenshot

Set Up Parallel Environment MATLAB

  • For larger or longer multi-node jobs, use distributed MATLAB for parallel computing. This is the recommended path.You can also use a parallel pool within your single interactive job, based on the number of cores you requested on a single node for your interactive job.
  • It will start automatically when functions such as parfor are run.
  • Read more about managing parallel pools here.


  • Access pool preferences in the Home tab in the Environment section, go to Parallel > Parallel Preferences



  • To open a parallel pool based on your preference settings, use parpool
  • To open a pool of a specific size, use parpool(4) 8 These can be used in the command-line interface or when writing a Matlab script
  • More information about using parpool can be found here