Besides his day job as Director of User Interface Technology at Wolfram Research, Theodore (Theo) Gray is also an award-winning science writer, a role he uses to communicate his boundless enthusiasm for science, technology, the arts, and how they interact. Recently he founded Touch Press, an electronic book publishing company that Gray hopes will further that cause. In this wide-ranging interview, Gray talks about his new Touch Press venture, Wolfram|Alpha, science education, software, cloud computing, and HPC.
The eighth version of Mathematica was released last month, the latest in Wolfram Research’s 22-year-old computational software platform. Although the tool is a relative newcomer to the high performance computing world, a raft of new capabilities have been added over the last several years that are aimed directly at the performance crowd. Mathematica 8 builds on those capabilities and adds some new ones that make it a serious contender for HPC applications.
A rundown of the most popular math tools.
Welcome to the era of the computational Web. Wolfram Alpha, Stephen Wolfram’s online “computational knowledge engine” debuted on Friday evening, and was officially launched on Monday on its Web site.