Extrema is a mature software application, with decades of
development behind it. It was originally developed as a data analysis
and graphing application for the TRIUMF
subatomic research laboratory, where it was known as Physica.
Physica was distributed by TRIUMF to universities and
research laboratories all over the world. It is used in fields such
as nuclear physics, astronomy, aerospace, nuclear medicine,
mechanical engineering, agriculture and forestry research, radiology,
computing, communications, atmospheric sciences, and medical
Researchers in these fields have reported many
success stories using Physica to solve
their demanding problems.
Physica was developed primarily for larger, multi-user
systems such as Unix and VMS. As the power of Intel-based PC hardware
began to catch up and overtake the RISC hardware used by most Unix
workstations, a development effort was undertaken by Exware Solutions
Inc. to bring Physica to the Windows environment.
The result of this development effort is an all-new redesign of the
Physica technology, which is marketed under the name Extrema.
Exware Solutions continues to support older versions of
Physica through the Extrema Support Program.