Mathematica Grid

Wolfram Mathematica allows you to model and visualize mathematical algorithms. It integrates a computational engine, graphics, a programming language, and an interface to a wide variety of external tools. It includes access to a very large set of mathematical and engineering functions. The Mathematica Grid system now extends this computational power across many systems using parallel processing.

Introduction to Mathematica – [outbacksoftware.com]
Mathematica is a versatile, powerful application package for doing mathematics and publishing mathematical results. It runs on most popular workstation operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh OS, Linux, and other Unix-based systems.

Mathematica is used by scientists and engineers in disciplines ranging from astronomy to zoology; typical applications include computational number theory, ecosystem modeling, financial derivatives pricing, quantum computation, statistical analysis, and hundreds more. (See the links below for ways of finding applications and sample code.)

The best way to understand Mathematica is to see it in action. The sections below describe three major categories of usage:

As an end user tool: Mathematica can be used to perform computations, either numeric or symbolic. Results can be visualized using 2-D and 3-D graphics.

As a programming tool: Mathematica provides a rich set of programming extensions to its end-user language. Programming can be done in procedural, functional, or logic (rule-based) style, or a mixture of all three. For tasks requiring interfaces to the external environment (such as extraction from a relational database) Mathematica provides MathLink, which allows Mathematica programs to communicate with external programs written in C, Java, or other languages.

As a publishing tool: Mathematica has extensive capabilities for formatting graphics, text, and equations. Documents, called notebooks, can be exported as PostScript, TeX, HTML, or a combination of HTML and MathML (Mathematical Markup Language).

Plug-and-Play Mathematica with Wolfram Lightweight Grid System – [wolfram.com]

For some people, and the need for a cluster is a way of life. For others, the need sneaks up on them. Most clusters and grids are planned and organized from the first, and that can take time and effort, to say nothing of configuration. Other times there’s no budget for new hardware, but there are computer labs or desktop computers unused for much of the day–a cluster waiting to be harnessed, if only you can get the Macs to talk to the Windows boxes, and keep straight all the hostnames in use. For situations like these I helped develop Wolfram Lightweight Grid System, which is designed from the ground up to let you assemble existing hardware into a self-organized network, accessible from Mathematica with almost no configuration.

gridMathematica 7: Multiplying the Power of Mathematica over the Grid – [cadcamnews.in]

Using gridMathematica 7, users can automatically scale up their tasks to grids of any size–allowing them to deliver accurate solutions even faster. And Wolfram Research’s longstanding relationships with high-performance-computing vendors ensure that gridMathematica is consistently optimized for the latest grid hardware and software.

WolframgridMathematica7 – [wolfram.com]

Built-in Parallel Computing

Mathematica 7 adds the capability for instant parallel computing. On any multicore computer system, Mathematica 7 is automatically set up to be able to run multiple parts of a computation concurrently—and for the first time makes parallel computing easy enough that it can be used in seconds as a routine part of everyday work. The symbolic character of the Mathematica language allows unprecedentedly straightforward support of many existing and new parallel programming paradigms and data-sharing models—and Mathematica’s parallel infrastructure is set up to allow seamless scaling to networks, clusters, grids and clouds.

Wolfram Research Releases Mathematica 7 – [hpcwire.com]

Wolfram Research’s gridMathematica delivers parallelism across clusters and grids and works with standard cluster and grid management systems including Microsoft, Sun, Platform, and PBS cluster management systems. If users do not have a managed cluster they can easily make one with the Wolfram Lightweight Grid System, a convenient way to deploy Mathematica across a heterogeneous network of different types of computers and to maximize usage of computers across the enterprise.

Mathematica Home Edition released – [macworld.com]

Wolfram Research on Thursday announced the release of Mathematica Home Edition. It’s a personal-use version of the company’s renowned computational software used in science, engineering and mathematics fields. It costs $295.

Mathematica Home Edition contains the same functions that can be found in Wolfram’s recently released Mathematica 7. That includes image processing, parallel computation, and astronomical, geographical and life science data. New user interfaces are employed in the Home Edition that make it easier for users to generate results.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project – [wolfram.com]

Demonstrations can be created with just a few short lines of readable code, powered by the revolutionary advances in Mathematica. This opens the door for researchers, educators, students, and professionals at any level to create their own sophisticated mini-applications and publish them online.

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