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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Mathematica Technology

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Description: Mathematica provides a single integrated system that covers technical computing, including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, and visualizations. This technology supports various features, including cluster analysis, sequence alignment, pattern matching, computational geometry, two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) data, finite element analysis, multivariate statistics, and 2D and 3D image processing. This technology provides a Graphical User Interface (GUI), which allows the creation and editing of documents containing program code with formatted text together with results, including typeset mathematics, graphics, GUI components, tables, and sounds.

Mathematica is available as a desktop application, as well as in the cloud. Additionally, Mathematica can call a variety of external services to retrieve or send data.

Mathematica has the means to hook into almost any Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)-compliant Structured Query Language (SQL) database or service. This technology has a built-in high-level interface to standard SQL databases that allows immediate searching, reading, and writing of arbitrary data and expressions, as well as supporting general Structured Query Language (SQL) database features, including discovery, result sets, and transactions. Additionally, this technology includes fucntions for opening and closing connections to a database and fetching details about the organization of the database, as well as searching, inserting, and deleting data from the database.

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Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.1
Decision Date: 01/11/2022 at 02:56:13 UTC
Aliases: Wolfram Mathematica
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Wolfram Research
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (01/11/2022 at 02:56:13 UTC).