Wolfram Research has announced Mathematica 5.2, a 64-bit multicore-supporting version of the popular science and technology software.

The release brings 64-bit technology to all supported platforms. This means more than 4.3GB of memory (the 32-bit address limit) can now be addressed, and high-precision or large numbers are processed in 64-bit rather than 32-bit digit chunks for faster computation.

"Mathematica users push the limits of computing-constantly requiring more memory and computational horsepower. That is why we have decided to be first-to-market with all-platform 64-bit and multicore support," said Roger Germundsson, director of research and development.

"We've been able to do this because of our state-of-the art software engineering processes and close working partnerships with platform vendors such as Microsoft, Apple, Intel and Sun Microsystems."

The company has "dramatically sped up computation, reduced memory usage, and introduced grid computing; now with 5.2 we've enabled Mathematica to take advantage of more memory and more processors for computation, too," the company said.

Mathematica 5.2 is available for Windows (32-bit/64-bit), Mac OS X (32-bit/64-bit), Linux (32-bit/64-bit) as well as the several workstation and server platforms.