Drexel University Becomes Sixth CRPC Affiliated Site


The CRPC Executive Committee voted this week to accept the symbolic computing and problem-solving environment (PSE) group at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a CRPC affiliated site. The Drexel group, led by Professor Bruce Char, has been one of the key groups in developing the MAPLE mathematical software. They have also worked on translators from MAPLE to the MATLAB mathematical software and POOMA, a version of HPC++. Nonnumeric computing is an increasingly important part of PSEs. Problems can be specified symbolically, using, for instance, MAPLE or Mathematica. Symbolic computation can be used to generate parallel programs in HPF or HPC++. This approach is an important element of CRPC's mission to make parallel computers truly usable.

Drexel is one of the institutions in an NSF PSE grant that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico State University, Indiana University, Caltech, and the University of California at Irvine.

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Posted September 19, 1996.