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Simit is a new language for more efficient programming

Engadget Engadget 11/08/2016 Brittany Vincent
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A team of researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Adobe, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Toronto, Texas A&M and the University of Texas have developed a brand new programming language that can speed up computer simulations significantly.

Meant to alleviate the frustration of having to swap between different types of tools and physical models, the new language is called Simit, and it requires only one-tenth as much code as older simulations.

Simit will require programmers to describe translations between a graphical depiction of a system as well as its matrix description, but where it speeds things up is the fact that it doesn't have a need for translating graphics into matrices, etc. It can simply take instructions issued by the language of linear algebra and translate them into graphs, skipping over a very time-consuming step.

The language has applications outside simulations, and it's even planned for it to augment machine learning, data analytics, optimization and robotics in addition to a version of Google's PageRank algorithm as MIT grad student Fredrik Kjolstad plans to apply it. There's even research in place with the code's application in quantum chronodynamics.

The language is an impressive feat and should alleviate previous concerns caused by languages used prior to Simit's creation, as researchers are happy to attest to.

MIT News

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