Mathematica Ported to NEC's Itanium Linux Platform
November 18, 2002--Wolfram Research, Inc. and NEC Corporation are
pleased to announce the upcoming release of Mathematica 4.2 for the
Itanium Linux platform. Intel's Itanium 64-bit architecture is designed for
demanding next-generation computing applications like
Wolfram Research and NEC are excited to be among the first players to
highlight the Itanium Processor Family (IPF) on the open-source Linux platform.
This combination of NEC IPF server solutions and Wolfram Research's
world-leading technical computing software takes full advantage of the
potential of the IPF architecture, which is designed to deliver the highest
possible performance for enterprise and technical applications.
NEC is already seeing strong demand for IPF platforms from its customers.
Among the immediate benefits cited is the ability to run larger and more
complex calculations than possible on current Intel 32-bit processors.
At the same time, Mathematica users who are running increasingly
larger computations and applications find themselves limited by the 4-GB
address ceiling in the current Intel IA-32-bit architecture. By comparison, IPF
will give them one million terabytes (1 terabyte = 1,024 GB) of address space
to work with. Mathematica for IPF will also be able to take full advantage
of planned performance increases in future versions of the Itanium processors.
"Mathematica is already known for its ability to handle large
computations on current processor platforms," says Roger Germundsson,
Director of Research and Development at Wolfram Research. "But we have a
large number of both individual and institutional users whose works are very
computationally intensive by nature and who are in need of ever greater
capacities. We are glad to now be able to offer them a powerful
Mathematica solution for a true 64-bit computing environment."
Due to Wolfram's rigorous quality assurance procedures,
Mathematica 4.2 for Itanium Linux is initially available only for NEC
systems in the Express 5800/1000 series. Wolfram Research will consider
certifying Mathematica for additional IPF-based hardware depending on
demand. Interest in additional platform certifications should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information
about features in Mathematica 4.2 is