Wolfram Research on Monday introduced
Mathematica Personal Grid Edition, a new version of their computational software for science, research and engineering. The new software works on quad-core computers, according to Wolfram. It costs US$3,945 for commercial use, $1,840 for academia.
Apple introduced Power Mac G5 Quad systems
in October. The Power Mac G5 Quad utilizes two dual-core PowerPC processors. The $3,299 system is clocked at 2.5GHz and features PCI Express expansion slots.
Mathematica Personal Grid Edition features a parallel-processing framework that can take advantage of quad-core machines, according to Wolfram. It also supports 64-bit computing, which means that it can address larger amounts of memory for systems set up with lots of RAM. other features include built-in universal database links, Web services and numerous file format converters, along with hundreds of new numerical and symbolic algorithms.
The Personal Grid Edition offers performance improvements of up to 300 percent over the standard version of the software and requires only minimal code modifications, said the developer. What’s more, using gridMathematica, programs working on the Personal Grid Edition are scalable — they can run unchanged on grids and clusters of any size.
Mathematica Personal Grid Edition runs on Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, Solaris and other operating systems.