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Building a Computer Algebra environment by composition of collaborative tools

  • Norbert Kajler
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 721)

Abstract

Building a software environment for Computer Algebra is quite a complex issue. Such an environment may include one or more Symbolic Computation tools, some devices, such as plotting engines or code generators, and a way to link others scientific applications. It is also expected that any of these components may be run on a remote processor and that the whole system is used via a convenient graphical user interface. The natural extensibility of Computer Algebra software, as well as the diversity of the needs expressed by their users, necessitate a highly open and customizable software architecture allowing different kinds of extensions and adaptations. Our approach consists of building the environment by composition of separately developed packages, using state of the art software engineering technologies in the spirit of the tool integration paradigm. This way, the different software components should be able to exchange data and freely cooperate with each other, without being too tightly coupled as in a monolithic system. A prototype of such an environment is currently under development in the framework of the SAFIR project. It will be built using an implementation of the software bus concept developed for the next version of Centaur, and should include a set of components, developed both internally and externally, and a homogeneous user interface.

Keywords

Computer Algebra Software Bus Tool Integration User Interface 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Kajler
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Projet Safir, INRIA Sophia-AntipolisSophia-Antipolis CedexFrance
  2. 2.ValbonneFrance

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