Wolfram Research Inc. has taken a major step to broaden distribution of its Mathematica software system. signing an agreement with Digital Equipment Corp. to share marketing rights to the program.

Under the licensing agreement, whose terms remain confidential, both Wolfram and Digital will be able to sell the software for use on Digital VAX and RISC computer systems.

Mathematica, which Wolfram Research Inc. introduced in June 1988 for personal computers, is a software package that can perform and graphically display high-order mathematical processes. The Champaign, Ill., company was founded by theoretical physicist Stephen Wolfram, who developed the software (The Scientist, Oct. 16, 1989, page I).

Robert Leiss, a Digital distribution executive, says his company intends to market the, product through direct mail advertising, trade shows, and its direct sales force. Digital’s belief in the program’s education potential was suggested by the place it chose to announce the agreement...

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