Numerical Mathematics Consortium Revises Open Mathematics Semantics

The Numerical Mathematics Consortium today announced the latest revision to a technical specification introduced earlier this year that defines an open mathematics semantics standard for numerical algorithm development. This update includes newly ratified functions from classes that include polynomials and vector analysis. In addition to the new function definitions, the consortium resolved significant technical issues that simplify ratification of new functions.

“The Numerical Mathematics Consortium has made significant progress since introducing the original technical specification,” said John Pasquarette, NI director of software marketing. “The new revision reflects the consortium’s efforts to bridge theory to real-world applications as well as expand the opportunity for others to get involved. Recent efforts of the consortium provide a powerful framework for future development.”

The founding companies of the Numerical Mathematics Consortium – which include INRIA, Maplesoft, Mathsoft recently acquired by PTC, and National Instruments – established the organization in 2005 to create a specification that facilitates reuse and portability of numeric algorithms. To reach this goal, the organization is initially focusing on standardizing a core set of mathematical functions that can be used in a wide variety of application areas such as industrial control, embedded design and scientific research, as well as be easily reused by researchers and developers in industry and academia.

The newly resolved technical issues address practical topics related to algorithm design and compliance with the standard. The resolved issues cover topics such as when to specify vector orientation, how to support vectorization, what it means to be compliant and how to choose a semantic representation. Settling these technical issues provides guidelines that improve the rate of progress for new function adoption.

With the newly resolved technical issues and ratified functions in place, the revised standard establishes a framework encouraging both academic and industry participation in influencing the standard. The Numerical Mathematics Consortium is actively seeking new membership of individuals and organizations interested in influencing an important standardization effort that encourages code reuse and portability.

The latest revision of the standard, which documents the newly resolved technical issues and ratified functions, is available for download from the Numerical Mathematics Consortium Web site, This site provides additional information about the standard and offers information about how organizations and individuals can get involved.

About the Numerical Mathematics Consortium
The Numerical Mathematics Consortium is a nonprofit organization comprising vendors and individuals in industry and academia committed to establishing an open mathematical semantics standard for numerical algorithm development and reuse. Focused on reducing the overall cost of numerical algorithm development and reuse in different disciplines, the Numerical Mathematics Consortium is committed to ensuring algorithm portability through standardizing core mathematical definitions, algorithm interchangeability and function semantics. The consortium’s charter document, founding member companies and testimonials from advisors and member companies are available at Organizations and individuals interested in taking an active role in standardizing numerical mathematics can visit the Web site for information about joining the consortium.