Getting Started with Cloud Center

Requirements for Using Cloud Center

  1. You need access to one of the last four releases of MATLAB® and Parallel Computing Toolbox™. After each new release, support for the oldest release will continue for at least 8 weeks to allow you to migrate to a supported release. For example, after R2017a was released, there was a migration period in which support for R2015a continued before removing support.

    • To find out which release version you are using, start MATLAB and type 'ver'.

  2. You need network access to cloud resources.

    • To check that you have network access to cloud resources, on the Home tab, select Parallel > Test Cloud Connection.

    • For more information on server sockets accessed by the MATLAB client to connect with cloud resources, see Server Sockets Accessed by Client.

    • If you see an error and are unable to connect to the Cloud, contact the Installation Support team at Try to provide the exact error message.

  3. You need a MATLAB Parallel Server™ license configured to use online licensing. For more details about online licensing, see Online Licensing for MATLAB Parallel Server.

  4. You must have an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account.

    • Create and activate your AWS Account.

    • Your AWS account needs access to EC2 instances in Amazon regions supported by Cloud Center.

      • Only Linux-based Amazon Machine Images (AMI) are available via this application. MATLAB code is generally compatible between different operating systems, but you must use Linux-specific versions of executable files or programs. You cannot use Windows– or Mac– specific files, such as user-defined MEX-files, Excel spreadsheets, databases, third-party applications.

      • Cloud Center does not support the instance types available for the free tier.

    • You might need to contact AWS to raise your service limits for the specific EC2 instances that you wish to use. EC2 instance type limits are based on region and instance type. For more details on instances and regional availability, see Choose Supported EC2 Instance Machine Types. Note that AWS has a policy regarding a waiting period before increasing limits for new customers. For more information, see:

Access Cloud Center

  1. To access Cloud Center, navigate in a Web browser to the website:

  2. Enter your MathWorks Account email address and password.

  3. Click Sign In.

  4. The first time you log in, you must read and accept the Cloud Center Software License Agreement and the Terms of Use. To proceed, select I Accept for each, and click Continue.

Set Up Your Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credentials

Before you can create a cluster, you must enter your Amazon® Web Services (AWS) credentials.

  1. Click User Preferences in the navigation pane.

    If you have never entered your AWS credentials before, the user preferences take you directly to the AWS Credentials dialog.

  2. Enter data for the following fields according to your AWS account setup. For your particular AWS information, see your administrator who set up your Amazon Web Services account. It is possible that several people will be using the same AWS account and credentials, even if using separate MathWorks accounts to access Cloud Center.

    • Role ARN – The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) that uniquely identifies the IAM Role which defines the set of permissions that you are granting Cloud Center for access to actions and resources in your AWS account.

    • Description (optional) — You can enter any text here for a description of your account or credentials.

  3. Click Save to save your settings.

After you have entered your AWS credentials, when you click User Preferences you get the options to edit your credentials and time zone.

Start and Test Your First Cluster

After you set up your AWS credentials, you can create clusters from Cloud Center and use the clusters from your desktop MATLAB. The next steps are as follows:

  1. Choose cluster machines and options and start the cluster. See Create a Cloud Cluster.

  2. Discover the cluster from MATLAB. See Access Cloud Cluster from MATLAB.

  3. Validate the started cluster, see Test Your Cloud Cluster with the Profile Validator.