SOURCE: Visual Numerics

September 20, 2005 08:00 ET

Visual Numerics® Announces Availability of PV-WAVE® 8.5

Industry's Most Comprehensive Visualization Tool Features 64-Bit Support, New Math Functions and Online Help System

SAN RAMON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2005 -- Visual Numerics Inc., a leading provider of numerical analysis and visualization software, today announced the general availability of PV-WAVE® version 8.5, the next generation of the company's industry-leading visual data analysis software. Now engineers, scientists and business analysts in a broad range of industries can use PV-WAVE 8.5 to build visual applications on a wider range of platforms and perform analysis or data mining of large and complex data sets to better understand trends, patterns and anomalies in their data.

PV-WAVE's new features include:

--  64-Bit Support for New Platforms - PV-WAVE 8.5 offers native 64-bit
    support for three new platforms: Sun Solaris, IBM AIX and AMD Opteron
    Linux.  The 64-bit versions allow analysis of larger data sets with greater
    precision and enhanced performance - ultimately increasing productivity.
--  New Math Functions - Several new mathematics functions are available
    for partitioning arrays and evaluating operations such as:
          --  Determinants
          --  N-dimensional integrals
          --  Matrix inversion
          --  Tensor transformations
          --  Jacobian
          --  Legendre

    These new numerical methods provide a wider range of solutions for
    applications such as flight test engineering, predictive modeling, budget
    forecasting and biological modeling.

--  OpenMP for IBM AIX - OpenMP 2.0 support for most PV-WAVE array
    operations will be available in PV-WAVE 8.5. OpenMP offers users high
    performance shared memory and parallel computing for large array
--  New Online Help and Documentation - PV-WAVE 8.5 contains a new online
    help system that integrates all manuals for the entire PV-WAVE family to
    make searching for functions much faster.
"With this version of PV-WAVE, we're helping businesses at every technical level to use sophisticated visualization and analysis tools to obtain even faster, more accurate data analysis results," said Phil Fraher, president and CEO of Visual Numerics. "This is extremely important as more organizations are finding themselves in situations where they have to perform complex analysis of high volume, multivariate data sets in order to understand their data and make informed decisions. Going forward, we remain committed to providing our customers with advanced visual data analysis capabilities for engineering, research and business applications."

About PV-WAVE®

PV-WAVE® is an array based programming language used to build and deploy Visual Data Analysis applications. The PV-WAVE family of products, which includes PV-WAVE, TS-WAVE™, and JWAVE™, delivers engineers with the development tools to efficiently and accurately meet their data analysis needs. PV-WAVE solutions allow users to rapidly import, manipulate, analyze and visualize data.

The PV-WAVE family also includes robust time series analysis software as well as the ability to share analysis results across the enterprise with a Java-based solution. And, unlike other products, PV-WAVE Advantage includes a sophisticated set of analysis routines based on the industry-standard IMSL Libraries.

Pricing and Availability

PV-WAVE 8.5 is available immediately on a number of operating systems including: Windows 2000/XP, UNIX, and Linux. For single users, Windows and Linux pricing starts at $1,995 and UNIX and OpenVMS pricing starts at $4,395.

About Visual Numerics

Visual Numerics® has provided technical software solutions for numerical analysis and visualization for more than three decades. The company's software products help users understand complex data from a variety of sources and build business-critical applications. Visual Numerics offers two product lines: the IMSL Numerical Libraries for powerful mathematical and statistical analysis and the PV-WAVE® visual data analysis development environment. Visual Numerics also offers customized professional services for applications that involve mathematical, statistical, or visual data analysis to meet today's business analytical needs.

Major corporations, academic institutions, and research laboratories worldwide use Visual Numerics' software tools, including such high profile companies as: Bear, Stearns & Company; Barclays Global Investors;; Humana, Sandia National Laboratories; and Boeing Company. This large and diverse customer base is supported through a direct sales force, wholly owned international subsidiaries, and international distributors. For more information about Visual Numerics, please visit

Trademark Statement:

Visual Numerics and PV-WAVE are registered trademarks of Visual Numerics, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. IMSL, JMSL, JWAVE, TS-WAVE and Knowledge in Motion are trademarks of Visual Numerics, Inc. All other company, product or brand names are the property of their respective owners.

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