In what it calls the most comprehensive release of its
technical computing software in five years, Maplesoft
has released Maple 15, an upgrade stocked with over 270 new mathematical functions
and over a 1,000 enhancements to existing algorithms.
With the Maple 15 release, the product has made "the
transition to a modern, interactive problem-solving approach to math," says Dr.
Tom Lee, Maplesoft's vice president of applications engineering. "We've done a
major overhaul of stuff under the hood and the core machinery of the math
system," he says. "The upgrade offers a practical and accessible combination of
advanced engineering tools that even if you're not a PhD-level engineer, you
can deploy some fairly sophisticated thinking into your design work."
The Maple 15 upgrade advances functionality in four key
areas: Parallel processing, user interface enhancements, computational
algorithms and connectivity to other tools.
In the area of parallel processing, Maple 15 supports
automatic parallelism, which means the software automatically takes advantage
of multiple cores or grid computing without any user invention to parallelize
certain classes of problems and speed operations. In addition, the upgrade will
launch multiple processes on all the cores in a machine at the user level
without the need for additional set up. Support for multithreading programming
and NVIDIA's CUDA
enabled graphics cards also serves to speed up computations.
Among the interface enhancements in Maple 15 is the new
Variable Manager, which helps users better manage worksheets, assess the state
of computations and inspect variable values without having to navigate through
documents. New embedded data tables facilitate working with large data sets,
and the software features a variety of interactive assistants and task
templates to acquaint users with its functionality. The MapleCloud document
repository, a data storage and collaborative community, also facilitates
interaction with like users.
Beyond the interface enhancements, the core math engine in
Maple 15 has been greatly improved and the upgrade also features improved
connectivity to other packages, including Excel, HTTP, code generation and CAD
It is nice to know the tech is there for me to use. But, how long until it is integrated into a smartphone? I ask, as sometimes math homework, at the graduate level, could use some Maple level analysis.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.