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Extreme Optimization Numerical Libraries for .NET
M# - The .NET Language for Technical Computing
M# ("M sharp") is an implementation of the M programming language
based on Microsoft's Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR). Other M implementations include
Matlab®, Octave, and SciLab. The Extreme Optimization
Numerical Libraries for .NET are used as the underlying computational kernel.
Because M# is a .NET language, it can make direct use of the vast collection of types and
libraries available for the .NET framework. In particular, unlike other implementations of the
M language, M# can use advanced numerical types like arbitrary precision integers, rational numbers
and floating-point numbers.
M# uses the same technology as Microsoft's two dynamic languages, IronPython and IronRuby,
to provide the optimal balance of flexibility and speed. The numerical horesepower is provided
by the Extreme Optimization Numerical Libraries for .NET. As a result, M# can compete
with the fastest implementations around, and significantly outperforms open source implementations.
The chart below shows the summary results of a benchmark
created by David Knowles of the University of Cambridge in the UK. The chart shows summary scores, where
lower values indicate better performance.
All M implementations used the exact same M-file. A port to the R statistical package was also included in the comparison.
Watch our Lang.NET 2009 presentation,
which included a live demo of some of the features of M#.
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