Mathematica 9 - Released
With recent's release of Mathematica 9, Wolfram is pushing the boundaries of usability, automation, data science, and a host of other fields with more than 400 new capabilities. One highlight is the Wolfram Predictive Interface—a suite of features that intelligently suggests what to try next based on sophisticated heuristics and data from millions of Wolfram|Alpha queries.
"Even before 9, Mathematica was the broadest, deepest computation system in the world. And as scope increases, so do usability challenges," says Conrad Wolfram, Director of Strategic Development. "Our new Predictive Interface really helps. Getting Mathematica to think ahead means not only newcomers but all Mathematica users can access its power far more effectively."
Usability improvements are an important part of the company's mission of empowerment through computation, but only one aspect of Mathematica 9's improvements, which span many fields and technologies.
"Democratizing computation is one of our enduring missions," says Wolfram. "We optimize what's possible in each field, then empower specialists in other fields as well as consumers to harness it too."
One such field is data science. Mathematica 9 supports this major emerging area with unique new functionality and automation. Analysis and visualization of statistical data and social networks (e.g. for Facebook, Twitter) is fully integrated with existing capabilities such as instant interactivity, computable documents, and symbolic computation.
"With Mathematica 9, we're adding to an already powerful and rich computational environment, and continuing to integrate new areas with Mathematica's unique hybrid symbolic-numeric computation engine," says Roger Germundsson, Director of Research & Development.
In all, Mathematica 9 adds or improves 57 application areas alongside many other features. Highlights include:
The new Wolfram Predictive Interface, which dramatically improves navigation and discovery of Mathematica's functionality—part of Wolfram's Compute-as-You-Think initiative
New graph and network analysis, including built-in links for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more
Highly integrated units support, including free-form linguistic entry, conversions, and dimensional consistency checking across graphics and numeric and symbolic calculations
Major new data science, probability, and statistics functionality, including survival and reliability analysis, Markov chains, queueing theory, time series, and stochastic differential equations
R language fully integrated into Mathematica workflow for seamless data and code exchange
3D volumetric image processing and out-of-core technology that scales up performance to very large 2D and 3D images and video
Integrated analog and digital signal processing
Mathematica 9 is available immediately for Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X, and Linux x86. More product details are available here.
gridMathematica 8 - Extends Grid Computing Platform
gridMathematica 8 adds to the existing CPU capabilities a range of high-performance technologies, from CUDA and OpenCL support to dynamically generated C code generation, as well as new application-specific technologies in statistics, image processing, signal processing, finance, and network analysis.
gridMathematica 8 extends the built-in parallelization features of Mathematica 8 and is able to parallelize and distribute any computation across a grid, making it easy to drive multiple GPU hardware simultaneously across the network from a single control process.
"Mathematica 8's intuitive CUDA programming interface makes it a compelling choice for anyone looking to accelerate high-performance computing applications with GPUs," says Andrew Cresci, General Manager for Strategic Alliances at NVIDIA.
gridMathematica has been at the center of Wolfram Research's drive to make parallel computing mainstream. With the parallel programming tools built in to standard Mathematica licenses, over a million people already have access to the tools for submitting tasks to gridMathematica.
"gridMathematica 8 makes further improvements in the automation applied to the distribution of parallel tasks so that developers can focus on the computation, not on details of messaging and synchronization," says Tom Wickham-Jones, Director of Kernel Technology at Wolfram. "With improvements to the speed of execution of compiled code, including the addition of just-in-time C code generation and compilation, this convenience comes without any performance penalty."
gridMathematica 8 adds a total of over 500 new capabilities to be fully compatible with Mathematica 8.
gridMathematica 8 requires Mathematica and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
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Scientific Computing 2005 Readers Choice Awards
Mathematica, Origin and ChemDraw are winners of Scientific Computing reader's choice awards for 2005.
Graphics Readers' Choice Award Winner: Origin
Origin provides extensive scientific graphing and analysis capabilities with several new tools that simplify common operations.
Origin is the first scientific software to combine presentation-quality graphics, the C language, and the NAG numerical library in a single package.
Version 7.5 provides new time saving tools that will simplify your routine tasks, from importing data to creating your graphs and applying detailed custom formatting.
First-time users will be able to produce results right out of the box, while advanced users can continue to exploit the depth of its power. Easy-to-use point-and-click interfaces are provided for data visualisation, exploration, and analysis. Advanced data analysis tools include statistics, signal processing, curve fitting and peak analysis. The C programming capability combined with the numerical computation and graphing power make Origin a robust platform for routine data processing, analysis, and algorithm development.
Mathematics Readers' Choice Award Winner: Mathematica
Mathematica seamlessly integrates a numeric and symbolic computational engine, graphics system, programming language, documentation system, and advanced connectivity to other applications.
Mathematica 5.2 brings the latest 64-bit and multicore technology to Mathematica, complementing the large-scale computation capabilities of Mathematica 5.0 and 5.1.
Mathematica 5.2 introduces new all-platform support for threading of numerical linear algebra over multiple CPU or multicore computers.
From simple calculator operations to large-scale programming and interactive-document preparation, Mathematica is the tool of choice at the frontiers of scientific research, in engineering analysis and modeling, in all levels of education, and wherever quantitative methods are used.
Chemistry Readers' Choice Award Winner: ChemDraw
Draw publication-quality structures and reactions, publish on the web, create precise database queries using specific atom and bond properties, display spectra, structures, and annotations on the same page, and more.
ChemDraw is the industry leader of chemical drawing programs. ChemDraw will boost your productivity more than ever.
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