Wolfram Research

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Wolfram Research, Inc.

legal form Incorporated
founding 1987
Seat Champaign , United States
management Stephen Wolfram
Number of employees 800
Branch software
Website www.wolfram.com

Wolfram Research, Inc. is a US software company whose main product is Mathematica , which was introduced on June 23, 1988 . Wolfram Research was founded by the British mathematician Stephen Wolfram . The company is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, USA. Other locations are in Bangalore, Lima, Linköping, Oxford, Paris, Somerville and Tokyo.


Wolfram's products include Wolfram System Modeler, Wolfram Workbench, gridMathematica, Wolfram Finance Platform, webMathematica, the Wolfram Development Platform and the Wolfram Programming Lab.

Publicon 1.0 , a mathematical-technical word processing program , is primarily geared towards the needs of natural scientists.


Mathematica is an integrated platform for the complete development, computation, simulation, analysis and documentation of problems in all areas of technical computation, including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, visualizations and more. The program is used in many technical, scientific, math and IT fields. In addition to the calculation-oriented capabilities of the system, Mathematica offers a unique, powerful notebook interface in which code with text, formulas, models, simulations and dynamic objects can be combined in a document in a structured and clear manner. The documents can be presented in a slide show. The content is presented as Mathematica expressions, which can be created, modified, analyzed, or converted to other formats in notebook format.


gridMathematica increases the number of parallel processes that Mathematica can run concurrently. Each parallel process distributes a task to an additional processor. With a Mathematica single-user license, up to four parallel processes can run. gridMathematica is available in two license options: The "gridMathematica Local" license enables the use of up to 8 compute kernels on one computer. The "gridMathematica Server" license offers the possibility to start a maximum of 16 kernels distributed on at least one computer. With the acquisition of larger licenses, gridMathematica can be extended to larger grid systems and a larger number of kernels. Processes can be executed on a single multiprocessor computer or distributed over a geographically dispersed heterogeneous network.

Wolfram Demonstration Project

The Wolfram Demonstrations Project is a collaborative website that maintains interactive technical demonstrations. For the interactive display of the Mathematica files provided by users in the Computable Document Format , you need at least the free CDF Player . The "Demonstrations" are small, interactive, open source programs that visualize and interactively present ideas from a wide range of areas such as science, math, computer science, art, biology and finance. When the Wolfram Demonstrations Project started, it counted 1,300 demonstrations, which has since grown to over 10,000.

Wolfram System Modeler

Wolfram System Modeler is an interactive simulation and modeling platform based on the Modelica modeling language. The ModelCenter primary user interface is an interactive graphical environment with customizable component libraries. The software also offers tight integration with Mathematica. Users can develop, simulate, document, and analyze their models in Mathematica notebooks.

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Wolfram Alpha is a semantic online search engine that can be used free of charge, known as a "predictable knowledge engine" or answer engine. Wolfram Alpha uses algorithms and tools from the Mathematica software package as well as selected, curated data sets for their calculations and for the graphic preparation. Additional functions such as the display of step-by-step solutions are chargeable. Wolfram Alpha is also available for a fee as a Pro version (Wolfram Alpha Pro) for teaching and as a secure, private company version (Wolfram Alpha Appliance).

Data repository

The Data Repository is a free public resource with an ever-growing collection of data sets that are curated and structured so that they can be instantly used for a variety of analysis. The data is publicly uploaded from a wide range of sources including governments, universities, academics and economists. Data sets currently exist in 30 different categories such as chemistry, economics, images, machine learning and statistics. Anyone can extract or access the data sets within the repository in various formats and analyze them within the free Wolfram Open Cloud.

Neural Network Repository

The Neural Network Repository is a publicly accessible collection of trained and untrained neural network models that can be used for classification, feature extraction, image processing, regression, semantic segmentation, speech recognition, object recognition and language modeling.


Wolfram Research has organized three Wolfram Science conferences: 2003 in Boston, 2006 in Washington DC and 2007 in Burlington, USA. Two other independent NCP Midwest conferences were held at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2005 and 2008. Other stand-alone workshops on NCP- related research were organized internationally, such as B. JOUAL (Just One Universal Algorithm) at the CNR in Pisa, Italy, 2009.

Wolfram Research oversees the annual Wolfram Technology Conference in Champaign, Illinois. During this three-day conference, developers will discuss the latest Wolfram technologies for mobile devices, cloud computing, the use of interactivity, and more. In addition, the European Wolfram Technology Conference (EWTC) has been taking place since 2011. The Innovator Awards for special applications of tungsten technology will also be presented at the conferences.

Publications and learning resources

Wolfram Research publishes the journal Mathematica and has edited a number of books, most notably Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science .

The company also operates the encyclopedic pages ScienceWorld , written and maintained by Eric Weisstein . The portal covers topics from astronomy ( World of Astronomy ), chemistry ( World of Chemistry ), mathematics ( MathWorld ) and physics ( World of Physics ) and also offers a large number of biographies of important scientists ( World of Scientific Biography ). World of Science shows certain similarities with Wikipedia , however, articles are not freely editable, but are made available by the authors as complete articles and taken over by the "publisher" after review.

In addition, experiments are being carried out with the production of electronic text books.

In addition, Wolfram Research offers free learning and teaching resources for math and STEM subjects, as well as annual summer schools and summer camps for high school students.

The Wolfram Programming Lab is an interactive platform for self-guided learning of the Wolfram Language, which can be used as a cloud or desktop version.


Wolfram Research was the math advisor to the Numb3rs series .

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Adriana Rose: Wolfram Demonstrations Project: 10,000 Apps Strong. In: Wolfram Blog. March 9, 2015, accessed November 14, 2016 .
  3. Peter König Stocker: Wolfram Alpha. In: heise.de . January 26, 2014, accessed August 12, 2020 .
  4. Christian Stöcker: Software genius promises the Google killer. In: Spiegel online . March 10, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2009 .
  5. ^ Wolfram Technology Conference 2012. (No longer available online.) Wolfram Research, Inc., archived from the original on October 6, 2016 ; accessed on November 14, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.wolfram.com
  6. Wolfram Innovator Award: Winners (list of award winners, sorted by year). Wolfram Research, Inc. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Charlotte Abbott: A New Kind of Self-Publishing . In: Publishers Weekly . June 24, 2002, accessed November 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Anne Eisenberg: Online Textbooks Aim to Make Science Leap From the Page. In: The New York Times . December 17, 2011, accessed November 14, 2016 .
  9. Wolfram Research: Wolfram U - Open courses for students and professionals. In: wolfram.com. Accessed August 10, 2020 (English).
  10. Julia Schmidt: Wolfram Programming Lab wants to bring the Wolfram Language closer. In: heise.de. January 20, 2016, accessed on August 10, 2020 (German).
  11. ^ Wolfram Research: Wolfram Programming Lab. In: wolfram.com. Retrieved on August 10, 2020 (German).
  12. ^ Wolfram Research - The Math Team Behind NUMB3RS. Wolfram Research, Inc, accessed November 14, 2016 .