G5-Optimized Mathematica to Be Released
July 1, 2003--Wolfram Research is actively working on a G5-optimized
Mathematica 5. An
early-development version was previewed by Theodore Gray, Director of
User Interfaces for Wolfram Research, during Steve Jobs's WWDC
2003 keynote on June 23.
Gray joined Jobs onstage at an hour
and forty minutes into the talk to
demonstrate a computationally intensive operation performed simultaneously
in Mathematica on both a G5 and a Windows PC machine.
Mathematica for the G5
is ideal for when you have "deadlines where you need an answer today, not
next week," said Gray. Viewers were able to see that the G5 completed the
calculations in less than half the time of the PC, "without breaking a
sweat," added Jobs.
Wolfram Research is also planning to release an upgrade to
Mathematica 5 after the G5 is shipping in volume but does not yet have
a firm release date. The upgrade will be free to Premier Service subscribers on