Mathematica goes parallel

Divvy up your large number crunching across multiple processors

Wolfram Research has released version 7 of its Mathematica scientific-number crunching software. Major new features include imaging processing, parallel computer support and more data sources.

In regards to image processing, the software adds a new set of capabilities for composing, transforming and enhancing images. Users can process the images using built-in Mathematica functions. The built-in parallel computing allows users to distribute their large tasks across multiple processors, or allow the software to do it automatically.

The new version also offers a larger number of domain-specific data sources that could be incorporated into user calculations, including human genome, weather, astronomical and geographical data.

Other new Mathematica 7 features a slew of new mathematical computations in industrial-strength Boolean computation, statistical model analysis, discrete calculus, sequence recognition and transcendental roots.

Mathematica 7 can run on Microsoft Windows 2000, Mac OS X, Linux x86 and Solaris UltraSPARC/x86, and compatible systems.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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