Today I’m excited to be able to announce that our company is moving into yet another new area: large-scale system modeling. Last year, I wrote about our plans to initiate a new generation oflarge-scale system modeling. Now we are taking a major step in that direction with the release ofWolfram SystemModeler.
SystemModeler is a very general environment that handles modeling of systems with mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical, biological, and other components, as well as combinations of different types of components. It’s based—like Mathematica—on the very general idea of representing everything in symbolic form.
In SystemModeler, a system is built from a hierarchy of connected components—often assembled interactively using SystemModeler‘s drag-and-drop interface. Internally, what SystemModelerdoes is to derive from its symbolic system description a large collection of differential-algebraic and other equations and event specifications—which it then solves using powerful built-in hybrid symbolic-numeric methods. The result of this is a fully computable representation of the system—that mirrors what an actual physical version of the system would do, but allows instant visualization, simulation, analysis, or whatever.
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“Stephen writes” <-- awesome!
$3500 single machine license with restricted hardware (< 4 cores, yada, yada) unless you happen to be govt or faculty/student.
Mathematica 3 was my first CAS exposure when I went back to school in the early 90s, and it was a constant nightmare. Every time you touched your hardware the license would go invalid and you'd have to contact them and convince them to give you a new one. Simply moving a card from one slot to another caused issues.
The tech involved is interesting, but it's too much money to put up with such atrocious license restrictions.
Of course, us makers are not their market anyways. 🙂