Newly Released Mathematica 5.1 Delivers Unmatched Performance
for Handling Data
November 17, 2004--Wolfram Research announces Mathematica 5.1, the
data functions release--the latest version of the world-renowned science
and technology software system Mathematica.
Building on Mathematica 5.0's dramatic speed, scope, and scalability
improvements, Version 5.1 adds a host of new capabilities, especially for
working with large-scale, diverse types of data.
"We've introduced innovative algorithms to deliver unmatched performance
for all steps in the data handling process--importing, analyzing,
manipulating, or plotting," says Tom Wickham-Jones, Director of Kernel
Technology. "And when we say data, we encompass textual and network as
well as numerical data."
Complementing these new capabilities are enhancements to
Mathematica's unique automatic algorithm selection--the inherent
intelligence that automatically applies the best algorithm to each task.
Mathematica 5.1 adds more algorithms and better intelligence in a
number of key areas.
"When you use a function in Mathematica, you're telling it what you
want it to do, not how to do it," says Conrad Wolfram, Director of
Strategic Development. "Each function name represents a task rather than a
simple algorithm--leaving users to concentrate on specifying the right
task while Mathematica focuses on applying the best algorithms. In
many areas Version 5.1 will now outperform manual selection of algorithms
by the most advanced practitioners both in performance and consistency of
There are more than 50 new functions, toolkits, and performance
improvements in Mathematica 5.1. Highlights include:
- Industrial-strength string manipulation
- Built-in universal database connectivity
- Highly optimized binary data I/O
- Additional import-export formats, including XLS and AVI
- Integrated web services support
- 2D and 3D automated network visualization
- High-performance array visualization
- Numerical linear algebra performance enhancements
- Fully integrated piecewise functions
- Integration over implicitly defined regions
- Event handling in numerical differential equations
- New algorithms for symbolic differential equations
- Cluster analysis capabilities added
- Interactive exploration tool for differential equations
- MathematicaMark benchmarking tool
- GUIKit interface and application builder--now built in
- and many more innovations
"Our release numbering tends to be rather understated," says Wolfram.
"There are many development years of new technology in Version 5.1--even
though it's just a 0.1 release."
More information is available.