NIC 11122 Lawrence McDaniel
NWG/RFC 382 Center for Advanced
Computation
University of Illinois
August 3, 1972
 MATHEMATICAL SOFTWARE ON THE ARPA NETWORK

 There have been several efforts in the past few years to develop high

 quality libraries of mathematical and statistical subroutines. Some

 of the projects mentioned in the literature include:

 1. The Bell Laboratories numerical mathematics program library project.

 2. IMSL Inc.: IMSL Library I, mathematicalstatistical computer

subroutines
 3. The NATS (National Science Foundation,Argonne Laboratories, Stanford

and Texas) joint project on the Wilkinson linear algebra routines.
 The ARPA Network could further enhance the desirability of such libraries

 as they would become another sharable network resource. Although the

 diversity of network computing no doubt requires an equally diverse set

 of mathematical software, and in spite of the fact everyone has their

 own software hangups  not to mention hardware!, it seems everyone

 could benefit from some type of information interchange regarding mathe

 matical software of interest.

 In particular I would welcome any information on your experiences with

 mathematical and statistical libraries, especially regarding those

 mentioned above.

 We do plan on obtaining the NATS library and with the project's cooperation,

 intend to make it available on several Network IBM/360370's and PDP10's.

 Those interested should send me a message via NIC (ident LM) or get in

 touch with me at (217) 3338497.

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