news // 2010.11.17 08:51:16 [hh]

Visualisieren, Programmieren, Experimentieren: Wolfram bringt "Mathematica 8"

Der US-amerikanische Softwarehersteller Wolfram Research hat Version 8 seines legendären Programmier- und Visualisiersystems "Mathematica" vorgestellt. Zu den Neuerungen zählen natürlichsprachige Eingaben ("free-form linguistic inputs"), "Wolfram Alpha"-Anbindung, "MathematicaScript"-Shell-Scripte, C-Cross-Compilation von Mathematica Code, sowie CUDA- und OpenCL-Unterstützung. Es gibt übrigens auch eine wesentlich kostengünstigere nicht-kommerzielle "Home Edition"-Vollversion für 350 statt über 3000 Euro.

Als "Top 8 Neuerungen" beschreibt der Hersteller:

  1. "Enter your queries in plain English using new free-form linguistic input. When you start with Mathematica 8, you don't have to use complicated syntax. Just type your commands in simple English, and Mathematica 8 will give you the right result and the language you need to continue working with that result.
  2. Access more than 10 trillion sets of curated, up-to-date, and ready-to-use data. Whatever area you're working in, Mathematica 8 provides more built-in data than ever. Wolfram|Alpha, the world's first computational knowledge engine, is completely integrated within Mathematica 8. Pull more than 10 trillion (and continually increasing) pieces of data directly from Wolfram|Alpha into your work, and immediately use them for further analysis.
  3. Import all your data using a wider array of import/export formats. Bring all of your own data into your workflow with an even wider range of import/export formats, including elevation, satellite, seismology, microarray, graph, and even the latest Microsoft Excel file format.
  4. Use the broadest statistics and data visualization capabilities on the market. Mathematica 8 offers more statistical distributions than any other system, including specialized coverage of finance, medicine, and engineering. It also adds data distributions and other statistics capabilities. To assist you in a wide array of data analysis, you can use many new statistical and financial charts that take full advantage of Mathematica 8's automation and flexibility to make your results clearer.
  5. Choose from a full suite of engineering tools, such as wavelets and control systems. Mathematica 8 offers new built-in wavelets and control systems. These, combined with Mathematica's fast linear algebra and numerical analysis features, make Mathematica 8 an engineer's dream tool.
  6. Use more powerful image processing and analysis capabilities. Mathematica 8 improves performance and expands coverage of image processing and analysis, adding many new algorithms in areas like filtering, segmentation, shape analysis, and feature detection.
  7. Create interactive tools for rapid exploration of your ideas.Present charts of results, show interactive models, or prototype your next project in an astonishing range of interactive applications with just a few lines of input using Mathematica 8's Manipulate command. You don't have to learn any complicated new concepts or programming ideas to use it.
  8. Develop faster and more powerful applications. Get results faster with new support for CUDA and OpenCL GPU computation. You can also compile directly to C with our new code generation tools."

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