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Benefits of Calling the Mathematica Kernel from a LabVIEW VI

Calling the Mathematica kernel from within a VI offers many practical advantages. For example, you may need Mathematica's sophisticated data-processing functions and may then want to display the resulting graphics on a VI front panel. Or perhaps you would like to generate publication-quality PostScript graphic elements for a report or export a PDF or DXF file based on the output generated by your VI. This mode of interaction can also be used to generate Mathematica notebooks on the fly--a nice way to report experimental results. Or you may want to take advantage of Mathematica's symbolic and numerical functions while formulating an appropriate analysis and control strategy for your motion control, machine vision, or LabVIEW RT (real-time) application. These and many other possibilities become available when you are calling Mathematica directly from your VI diagram.

Both standard and add-on functions implemented in Mathematica application packages can also be accessed from LabVIEW. Because some algorithms involving many mathematical computations are tedious to implement in G, LabVIEW's native programming language, Mathematica Link for LabVIEW allows you to divide up your most demanding requirements and implement the computational steps in the program best suited to each task. Furthermore, Mathematica Link for LabVIEW makes it possible to use the Mathematica programming language to interactively experiment with mathematical algorithms--even if these algorithms are ultimately destined for formula nodes in stand-alone LabVIEW applications.

"I would like to express thanks for creating a product such as Mathematica Link for LabVIEW. I think that for many users of both programs the absence of a fundamental, easy way to share data--as natural as that sharing may be--has prevented a lot of analysis beyond what was minimally required for the experiment."

Waleed Anbar
MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Benefits of Calling LabVIEW VIs from a Mathematica Notebook

Mathematica Link for LabVIEW also enables you to use a Mathematica notebook as your primary user interface, dynamically calling and running LabVIEW VIs in the background. This option is particularly attractive when a long series of measurements needs to be logged and analyzed interactively--a requirement common to many research and development projects. In this instance, Mathematica notebooks can be used as electronic laboratory notebooks, and entire sessions can quickly and conveniently be saved to notebook files for further analysis or hard-copy output.