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CoCoA is written in C language and is available on several platforms.
The core of the system is an implementation of Buchberger's algorithm
for computing Groebner bases of ideals and modules over a polynomial
ring whose coefficient ring is a field, and a variation of it for
computing syzygies. The algorithm has been optimized in several
directions and is used as a building block for many operations. Most
users can, however, completely ignore the theory of Groebner bases and
even their existence: CoCoA will do all the necessary Groebner
in the background. However, for optimum use of the system some
knowledge of the theory is helpful.
The system interacts with the external world using a Low Level
Protocol (LLP) that is independent of any machine architecture. High
level inputs from the user are translated into LLP-requests to the
CoCoA kernel. The LLP-answers are then translated back into high
level, user-readable outputs.