Wolfram Research announced Mathematica 7, a major release that accelerates the drive to integrate and automate functionality as core Mathematica capabilities, adding image processing, parallel high-performance computing (HPC), new on-demand curated data, and other recently developed computational innovations=97in total over 500 new functions and 12 application areas.
The fully integrated image processing environment of Mathematica 7 was designed from the ground up to become the system of choice for imaging research and applications in science, engineering, medicine, and education. Industrial-strength, high-performance functions for image composition, transformation, enhancement, and segmentation combine with the existing Mathematica infrastructure of high-level language, automated interface construction, interactive notebook documents, and computational power to make a uniquely versatile image processing solution.
Another key new area of integration in Mathematica 7 (and a first across technical computing) is built-in parallel computing. For the first time, every copy of Mathematica comes standard with the technology to parallelize computations over multiple cores or over networks of Mathematica deployed across a grid. Every copy of Mathematica 7 comes with four computation processes included. More processes as well as network capabilities can be added easily.
Integrating parallel computing with Mathematica means that millions of users worldwide can now start to use and build parallel solutions for their technical computing problems. The immediate interactive parallel computing technology of Mathematica 7 is platform independent and needs zero configuration--making it an all-encompassing tool that accelerates Wolfram=92s tradition of offering HPC solutions.
Computable data sources, introduced in Mathematica 6, are unique and popular innovations because of the ease with which data can be utilized in Mathematica. Mathematica 7 builds on this with major additions including the complete human genome, weather, astronomical, GIS, and geodesy data. Example uses include finding, analyzing, and visualizing gene sequences--making use of Mathematica's powerful string capabilities (including new string alignment functionality), pattern matching, and statistics. Similarly, both real-time and historical weather data from16,000 weather stations is included in Mathematica 7, giving everyone from climatologists to economists curated information to use in their analyses or applications.
Other areas of innovation in Mathematica 7 include:
- Charting and information visualization
- Vector field visualization
- Comprehensive spline support, including NURBS
- Industrial-strength Boolean computation
- Statistical model analysis
- Integrated geodesy and GIS data
- Many symbolic computation breakthroughs, including discrete calculus, sequence recognition, and transcendental roots
Mathematica 7 is available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X, Linux x86, Solaris UltraSPARC/x86, and compatible systems.
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