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