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\noindent{}SAGE is a project that the PI launched
in January 2005 to create a software
environment for research and experimentation in
algebra, geometry, number theory,
cryptography, and numerical computation.
This involves creating the free open
software SAGE, which is a distribution of mathematics software
that provides new functionality and is able to create and work with
objects defined in a wide range of mathematical software packages,
including Axiom, Maple, Mathematica, Macaulay2, Magma, MATLAB,
Octave, Maxima, Singular, and PARI/GP.
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\noindent{\bf Intellectual Merit:}
\mypar{}SAGE provides powerful tools for advanced
research mathematics, and
work on SAGE will result in practical implementations
of new algorithms, especially for research in number theory
and cryptography. The creation of SAGE also
requires solving fundamental problems so that numerous
mathematics programs can be used together.
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\noindent{\bf Broader Impact:}
\mypar{}SAGE features a uniform interface to many different
aspects of computation, which may help unify mathematical
software, and gives researchers
convenient access to a range of different software.
Also, instead of researchers having to pay
to buy mathematics software, they
will in many cases have the option to use SAGE for free.
At many institutions, purchasing computer software is a significant burden,
and SAGE may help address this problem.
Moreover, because SAGE is free, it is available to undergraduates, high school students, and non-mathematicians, all of whom have contributed
greatly to SAGE development.
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