I downloaded and watched a colloquium on SAGE by William Stein. Stein talks about the past, present and future of SAGE. He is very much in favor of open source software but couldn't find the perfect open source math program so he decided to write one himself. His plan was to reverse-engineer existing open source code and port it to a new Python program. He soon realized it would take several lifetimes to implement so he used existing software as a sort of library behind GAPE. ( ... )

He briefly mentioned none of the open source programs are in any way multi-threaded. I suppose that's both a technical and mathematical challenge. Interesting...

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