Have you ever heard that song by Kanye West called “Stronger?” You may recognize these lyrics that start off the song:
“Work it, make it, do it, makes us/
Harder, better, faster, stronger…”
Maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about. Maybe you know exactly what I’m referencing and you’re wondering what on earth that has to do with Mathcad Prime 2.0.
Well, the reason why I’m writing about it is because when I was brainstorming today’s blog, it got stuck in my head. I realized that this was happening because those adjectives were the best words to describe Mathcad Prime 2.0’s new performance features.
Better. Faster. Stronger.
In the last post, “Now That’s What I Call Performance! A Sneak Peek at Mathcad Prime 2.0”, I discussed some of the major improvements to Mathcad software in the Mathcad Prime 2.0 version. The blog post highlighted the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL), the 64 bit architecture, multithreading, and KNITRO solvers. All of these features are nice improvements to the new Mathcad Prime 2.0 software. In this post, I will highlight how these new features will benefit you while you’re conducting your mathematical and engineering calculations.
With the first improvement, the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL), users will notice that when you are conducting very large calculations, or working with large matrices, it will take a lot less time to complete. This high speed is a result of the increase in communication within the software from multithreading.
Chahid Ghaddar, a Software Development Engineer and Senior Technical Consultant at PTC, testifies that “You can easily see improved performance from 10-40% depending on the size of your data.”
Mathcad Prime 2.0 is faster especially for large computations and large amounts of data. The 64 bit architecture allows you to work with larger applications and more memory so that you can run much larger problems and define much larger data structures.
On top of this, the 64 bit architecture lets you take advantage of new hardware on the market. Ultimately, this feature of Mathcad Prime 2.0 will give you access to better performance. The combination of higher speed and better handling of large data will really be evident for users who must use large matrices and data groups regularly. Leveraging 64 bit architecture, engineers can solve bigger problems and process larger data sets without running out of memory.
KNITRO Solvers will drastically improve the robustness of Mathcad Prime 2.0 and also contribute to higher computational speeds. They are multithreaded, state of the art algorithms, that allow Mathcad Prime 2.0 to solve your computations much faster. Also, KNITRO solvers have the ability to recognize the best ways to try to solve problems and can use different algorithms to optimize the speed of your every calculation. If a problem cannot be computed, KNITRO is able to indicate that it’s not a feasible problem. More computational power allows engineers to explore more in less time. Multi-threading allows better leverage of the multi-processor machines.
Overall, Mathcad Prime 2.0 will prove to have a much faster engine than any Mathcad software before. Removing limitations of data-set size and reducing computation time is important for shifting more calculation work from specialized high-end tools that, while faster, do not document processes and methods used. By allowing users to work with larger problems in Mathcad, more exploration can be done in the concept phase. More design approaches can be evaluated with higher confidence reducing errors and problems that occur later in detailed design.
I thought those opening lines of “Stronger” might be a good theme for this element of Mathcad Prime 2.0. After reading this post, what do you think? Can you think of another theme song or lyrics that might better depict Mathcad Prime 2.0’s performance?
I hope you enjoyed reading. Stay tuned to learn about Mathcad Prime 2.0’s collapsible areas feature.