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ADVANCED VISUAL SYSTEMS EXPANDS PRESENCE IN SUPERCOMPUTER MARKETPLACE

 WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- Continuing its drive in to the supercomputer marketplace, Advanced Visual Systems today introduced a new version of its Application Visualization System (AVS(tm)) for Cray Research supercomputers and announced an agreement to make AVS available on Meiko Inc's massively-parallel systems. Advanced Visual Systems Inc., a leading developer of visualization software products for technical and business professionals and software developers, made the announcements today at the Supercomputing '92 show in Minneapolis.
 With today's announcements, AVS solidifies its presence in the high- performance marketplace, supporting systems from Convex, Cray, Fujitsu, Intel Supercomputers, Meiko, NEC, ThinkingM?achines and Wavetracer as well as more than a dozen workstation platforms. These vendors accounted for more than 75 percent of 1991 massively-parallel vendor revenues and more than two-thirds of high-performance computer system shipments, according to InfoCorp, a Santa Clara, CA-based market research firm.
 "We have worked to make AVS widely available on supercomputers and massively-parallel systems because that's where the data is," said Ian Reid, vice-president of marketing for Advanced Visual Systems. "Much of the data analyzed by AVS comes from computational simulations running on this class of machine. The additional need for a flexible application build environment for developing new computational algorithms makes AVS invaluable in supercomputer centers everywhere."
 Release 5 of AVS will for the first time provide full-function AVS on Cray Y-MP systems. Previous versions of Cray AVS provided support for computational processing only, acting as a server to an AVS client running on a workstation. The new version continues this client-server capability but also supports full interactive AVS visualization from any color X terminal. Cray AVS uses a full-featured 3D software renderer which allows the user to choose from a spectrum of visualization techniques including fast, simple representations as well as advanced techniques such as volume rendering, texture mapping and transparency. Engineered in collaboration with Cray Research, Cray AVS will continue to be sold and supported by Advanced Visual Systems.
 Advanced Visual Systems and Meiko, both of Waltham, Mass., announced that AVS has been selected as the visualization environment for the newly-announced Computing Surface-2 systems unveiled today at Supercomputing '92. Founded in 1985, Meiko has shipped more than 400 systems worldwide. AVS for the Meiko CS-2 will be sold and supported by Meiko.
 AVS provides advanced data analysis and visualization to help researchers, engineers and analysts gain insight from the large volumes of data generated by computational simulations, medical imaging systems, satellite-based sensors and many other sources. AVS is also used as a development environment to build applications in areas such as medical imaging, engineering analysis, financial modeling, environmental studies and oil and gas exploration and production. The modular architecture of AVS allows full optimization of key computational functions on vector and parallel systems.
 Advanced Visual Systems Inc., headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is a leader in the development and delivery of visualization software products for scientific, engineering and business professionals and software developers. The company has been at the forefront of visualization technology since 1988 when the research and development of AVS first began. AVS software has since emerged as the industry standard, platform-independent visualization application software and development environment, with thousands of users worldwide.
 AVS is a trademark of Advanced Visual Systems. Cray Y-MP is a registered trademark of Cray Research. Computing Surface and CS-2 are registered trademarks of Meiko Inc.
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 ~CONTACT: Ian Reid of Advanced Visual Systems Inc., 617-890-4300, or Tony Sapienza of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for Advanced Visual Systems~
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