Mathematica Users Get 100x Performance Boost From NVIDIA CUDA

Nov 18, 2008

At SC08, Wolfram Research will demonstrate a new version of Mathematica, the world’s most powerful general computational software, that integrates CUDA, NVIDIA’s parallel GPU computing architecture. This new version is expected to give Mathematica users an unprecedented performance increase of 10-100X in numerical computing, modeling, simulation and visual computations, without the need to learn or write C code.

“Since its initial release, Mathematica has been adopted by over 3 million professionals across the entire global technical computing community, and it has had a profound effect on how computers are used across many fields,” said Joy Costa, director of global partnerships at Wolfram Research. “The prospect of a hundred fold increase in Mathematica 7 performance is staggering. CUDA enabled Mathematica will revolutionize the world of numerical computation.”

“With Mathematica 7, researchers and scientists can easily tap the enormous parallel processing power of NVIDIA GPU’s through a familiar high level interface,” said Andy Keane, general manager of the GPU Computing business at NVIDIA. This is truly transformative, giving Mathematica users computational horsepower like never before and reducing computation time in some cases from days to a matter of minutes.”

The demonstration of the CUDA-accelerated release of Mathematica coincides with the launch of the NVIDIA Tesla Personal Supercomputer at this year’s SC08. Priced in the range of traditional PC workstations, Tesla Personal Supercomputers are unrivalled in price and performance. Available in configurations of up to 4 Tesla GPUs in a single system, Tesla Personal Supercomputers deliver up to 4 Teraflops of computing performance from up to 960 parallel processing cores.

With desktop systems based on Tesla GPUs, Mathematica users will be able to perform complex, data-intensive computations right at their desk, negating the need to write native C programs or wait for time on a public cluster, a process which can often take days or even weeks.

The CUDA accelerated version of Mathematica is expected to be available in Q1 2009.

For more information on Mathematica, visit: and for more information on the NVIDIA Tesla Personal Supercomputer, please visit .

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4 / 5 (2) Nov 18, 2008
Press release with little science
5 / 5 (2) Nov 19, 2008
3 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2008
CUDA can do some serious hacking.
4 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2008
Now if Mathworks Matlab would step up to the plate...
5 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2008
Now if Mathworks Matlab would step up to the plate...

Matlab already is on the CUDA list. I found it when I went to the CUDA site.

As for me, I am really excited about the Mathematica news. I use it daily and there are some heat transfer problems that have to be run on a grid to have them complete in my lifetime. This is great news to me. As Ryuuguu said, there is little science in the press release, but there is great news that I am glad they included here.
4 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2008
Delighted to see Schuler Porter and crew were able to make the Mathematica version viable. I've been nagging them for over 3 years.

5 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2008
CUDA is fantastic, truly a new era in computation. That Mathematica is using CUDA is wonderful news. We've been using CUDA in GIS for a year now. It is a mind-boggling difference to see it in real life. There's a video at the site at http://www.manifo...demo.wmv
that shows a real life comparison of the same task done with and without CUDA.

Well done, Mathematica and NVIDIA!

4 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2008
with 4 teraflops at $8495 its seems that a true thunder machine has arrived

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