Wolfram expands into system modeling

Wolfram Research's SystemModeler can model physical systems across a wide array of industries

Expanding beyond its scientific and engineering number-crunching software, Mathematica maker Wolfram Research released a desktop application for full-scale system modeling and simulation, the company announced Wednesday. SystemModeler allows engineers and designers to create models of physical systems, using a modeling palate and a vast library of physical and logical components. In addition to providing a static model of the system being designed, SystemModeler also can simulate how a system runs, using time-lapse visualizations. In a blog entry posted Wednesday, company founder Stephen Wolfram admitted that system-modeling software is a mature field, with plenty of products to currently choose from. What separates SystemModeler from competitors, he argued, is its ability to cover a wide range of fields and domains of practice. "In the past, products tended either to be specific to a particular application domain (like electric circuits or hydraulics), or were based on rigid low-level component models such as procedural blocks," Wolfram wrote. "What SystemModeler does is to use a fully symbolic representation of everything, which immediately allows both arbitrary domains to be covered, and much more flexible models for components to be used." The software draws from Wolfram's 2011 acquisition of MathCore Engineering AB, which sold its own modeling and simulation software system, called MathModelica. Naturally, SystemModeler is integrated with Wolfram's Mathematica software, as well as with its Modelica modeling language. By integrating closely with Mathematica, SystemModeler provides a tighter integration between the modeling and engineering phases of system design, the company claimed. Engineering tasks can be accompanied by a better visualization of the system design, while the modeling phase can be backed by real calculations. Wolfram is marketing the software for a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive and manufacturing. SystemModeler works on both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows, as well as for Apple OS MAC, versions 10.5 and higher. A student edition costs US$75, an academic edition costs $495, and a commercial edition runs $3,495, though discounts are available for purchases bundled with Mathematica, as well as for short term use . Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

Logitech Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?