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Mathematica is a general purpose mathematical analysis package from Wolfram Research. It is a fully integrated technical computing system which combines powerful computing software with a convenient user interface. Mathematica's notebook format allows for the generation of cross-platform, fully customizable files that provide professional mathematically typesetting and publication-quality layout of electronic and printed media. Mathematica's features include symbolic and numeric computation, 2D and 3D data visualization, broad programming capabilities, and one-step creation of web documents. The Mathematica package can be used as a direct calculation tool or as a powerful modeling and simulation tool.


First you need to decide on the version of the software you want to use. Use

module avail mathematica

to check what versions are available. We normally recommend using the latest version available. For example, to load the version 9.0.1 of mathematica use

module load mathematica/9.0.1

For more details on using modules see our modules help page.

Run math for the command line version or mathematica for the graphical version.

Please remember to add the PBS flag -l software=mathematica to your job submission script.

A typical batch job script looks like:

#PBS -l walltime=48:00:00
#PBS -l mem=1gb
#PBS -l software=mathematica
#PBS -l wd

module load mathematica/9.0.1

math -script input.m > output 2>&1

The file input.m can be generated by the mathematica gui on your local machine and transferred over. Submit the job to the queueing system using the command:


See the userguide for more details on the batch system.

The command mathematic may not work without various changes to settings for the default kernel. We recommend that you use it on your local machine and transfer the input file. You will also need Mathematica fonts on your workstation.

Mathematica is now threaded and it may be possible to get some speed up from using multiple processors. We recommend caution with this and you should try timing the same number of jobs on differing numbers of processors (to a maximum of 6) to see whether there is any gain in running in parallel.

License requirements

Access to the Mathematica license is for academic research only and is restricted to Australian National University (ANU) staff and students only. Please request to join software group on if you wish to request access.