What is the history of Scilab?

What is the history of Scilab?

Scilab started as Blaise, a computer aided control system design software in the 80’s. It was developed by Francois Delebecque and Serge Steer at IRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control)  in order to provide a tool in Automatic Control for reseachers.


At the start of the 90’s, the software was renamed Scilab and version 1.1 was released on January 2nd 1984 as a free open source software.  It was continually developed by the Scilab Goup in Inria (French National Institute in Computer Science and Control) with active collaboration from external developers.


In 2003, the Scilab Consortium was created with the support of companies and academic organization. The consortium was to ensure Scilab’s future, development, maintenance, support and promotion.


In June 2010, the company Scilab Enterprises was founded to further ensure the future of Scilab. By July 2012, it was fully responsible for the development of Scilab. It also offered professional services and support on Scilab.


In 2017, Scilab Enterprise was acquired by the ESI Goup. ESI Group reminas commited to a free and open source Scilab software for numerical computation.