## Scilab

**Scilab** is an open source platform for numerical computation providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications.

Since 1994 it has been distributed freely along with the source code via the Internet. It is currently used in educational and industrial environments around the world. Scilab is now the responsibility of the Scilab consortium, launched in May 2003. There are currently 18 members in Scilab Consortium (Phase II).

Scilab includes hundreds of mathematical functions with the possibility to add interactively programs from various languages (C, C++, Fortran?).

It has sophisticated data structures (including lists, polynomials, rational functions, linear systems…), an interpreter and a high level programming language.

Scilab is very similar to comercial software Matlab from MathWorks, Inc. Scilab also provides a tool of block diagram modeler/simulator **Scicos** (equivalent to Matlab Simulink). In other words, any Matlab user can easily use Scilab without much lose in functionality.

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