Mathematica 7 is now available

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Nov 18, 2008, 9:24:40 PM11/18/08
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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—in 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’s 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 from
16,000 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.

To learn more about the enhancements available in Mathematica 7 and to
see the full list of new features, visit:
http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/newin7

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