754R: anybody know about Numerical Mathematics Consortium?
My boss sent me this from HPC Wire:
Numerical Mathematics Consortium Proposes Open Standard
The Numerical Mathematics Consortium announced that leading
mathematics software vendors and interested individuals from industry
and academia are working together to define a consistent and
manageable foundation for numerical programming. The organization is
committed to establishing an open mathematical semantics standard for
numerical algorithm development to enable portability and reuse among
tools, platforms and disciplines.
"Our industry has been lacking a unified and standardized mathematical
foundation for a long time," said Ali Maleki, Brake and Chassis
Electronics program manager at ArvinMeritor. "Today, each tool offers
its own specific set of functions with often steep learning curves,
which require us to develop algorithms and skills that are not easily
portable across the industry. These algorithms must be rewritten with
new projects and new technologies, which ultimately drive our costs
higher. A standard set of mathematical functions based on
industry-accepted semantics would go a long way in creating portable
skills and off-the-shelf libraries and tools that would be
plug-and-play in various environments and help our bottom line."
The founding companies of the Numerical Mathematics Consortium
established the organization to create a standard specification for
numeric mathematics that ensures algorithm portability and reuse
across platforms and applications. The organization's objective is to
create a specification that defines core mathematical function
definitions applicable to numeric algorithms. These algorithms can
then be implemented in a wide variety of application areas such as
industrial control, embedded design and scientific research, as well
as be easily shared among researchers and developers in industry and
Numerical Mathematics Consortium founding members include INRIA
(Scilab Publisher), Maplesoft, Mathsoft and National Instruments.
Numerous individuals from leading industry and academia are supporting
the consortium in an advisory role to provide review and guidance on
the development of these technical standards.
"With the industry-standard specification developed by the Numerical
Mathematics Consortium, students can create algorithms that are
compatible with common functionality in traditional tools and feel
confident that their designs will work properly in other math
environments," said Dr. Robert H. Bishop, professor and chairman of
the University of Texas Aerospace Engineering and Engineering
Mechanics Department. "In addition, with an established numerical
mathematics standard, I can ensure that my students are learning with
the same tools and approaches that they will encounter in industry."