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Mathematica 5.2: The 64-bit and multicore release

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  • Subject: [mg58861] Mathematica 5.2: The 64-bit and multicore release
  • From: Wolfram Research <newsdesk at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 03:08:08 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Mathematica 5.2 Breaks the Memory Barrier with 64-Bit Computing 
and Adds Multicore Performance

Wolfram Research announces Mathematica 5.2, the 64-bit multicore 
release. Hot on the heels of Mathematica 5.1, 5.2 brings 64-bit 
technology to all supported platforms--an industry first. More 
than 4.3GB of memory (the 32-bit address limit) can now be 
addressed, and high-precision or large numbers are processed in 
64-bit rather than 32-bit digit chunks for faster computation.

Mathematica 5.2 also supports automatically threaded numerical 
linear algebra on all mainstream platforms, enabling linear 
algebra operations to automatically run in parallel on all 
available processor cores whether multiple or multicore CPUs. 
Mainstream multicore-based systems are now available and are 
expected to be ubiquitous by early next year, including in 
notebooks and entry-level systems.

Mathematica 5.2 contains many additional enhancements, including:

* 64-bit-enhanced arbitrary-precision numerics
* Vector-based performance enhancements
* Automatic binary installation selection
* Bundled notebook indexing for desktop search
* SSH support for secure remote kernels
* vCard and RSS import
* New algorithms for symbolic differential equations
* Enhanced performance for linear Diophantine systems
* Enhanced quadratic quantifier elimination
* Singular-case support for high-level special functions
* Enhanced statistics charts
* MathematicaMark 5.2 benchmark now covering grids and clusters

Mathematica 5.2 again demonstrates Wolfram Research's commitment 
to rapid and continuing support for the latest computing 
technology. With this new version, Mathematica is now the ideal 
platform for solving large problems on all major operating 
systems, complementing the large-scale computation capabilities 
added in Mathematica 5.0 and 5.1.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica 


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