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ADVANCED VISUAL SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE AVS SOFTWARE TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AT DISCOUNT PRICES

 WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move expected to fuel the spread of advanced visual applications in colleges and universities, Advanced Visual Systems Inc. today announced a major new program to provide its popular AVSTM visual application development environment to educational institutions at affordable prices. The AVS Campus Program makes it possible for researchers and educators to take advantage of the advanced data analysis and visualization capabilities of AVS for research and instructional use.
 Under the program, qualifying institutions pay a discounted annual fee based on the number of installed AVS licenses and are then entitled to purchase licenses at special discount prices, starting as low as $750. AVS is the industry's leading visual computing environment, providing advanced data analysis and visualization capabilities to help scientists, engineers, and analysts gain insight from the large volumes of data generated by computational simulations, medical imaging systems, satellite-based sensors, environmental monitoring and many other sources. AVS is increasingly used as a software framework for the development and deployment of advanced visual applications in areas such as environmental studies, space sciences, medical imaging, engineering analysis and geophysics.
 "This program addresses the needs of universities and schools that are eager to use AVS on a much wider scale, for both instructional and research purposes, but have limited funding," explained Ian Reid, vice president of marketing for Advanced Visual Systems. "We expect to see a very significant increase in the use of AVS as a result."
 "At the University of California, Irvine, we have used AVS on a variety of platforms with excellent success since 1990," said Stephen Franklin, Director of Advanced Scientific Computing in the Office of Academic Computing at the University of California, Irvine, who encouraged the introduction of the new AVS Campus program. "In addition to its use by researchers in medicine, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science and a broad range of other disciplines, AVS is also an important tool at UCI for introducing scientific visualization in undergraduate courses. The new Campus Program from Advanced Visual Systems helps make AVS available across the growing range of platforms, disciplines and types of users where it has proved so effective for us."
 First introduced in 1989, AVS software has emerged as the industry standard, platform-independent visualization software and development
environment, with thousands of users worldwide. Easily tailored and applicable to a wide range of applications, AVS software is designed to accept data and create a visual display of this information using a variety of advanced visualization techniques.
 Because AVS allows users to construct applications incorporating their own software code, without complex graphics programming, AVS provides an unparalleled research tool and educational resource. Easy to learn, AVS software provides a visual programming interface and powerful tools that allow applications to be designed and customized quickly. AVS provides more techniques for visualizing information than any other system commercially available, offering more than 230 visualization "modules." AVS is now available on more than 20 workstation and supercomputer platforms.
 Advanced Visual Systems Inc. is a founding member of the AVS Consortium, an organization of vendors dedicated to funding and managing the activities of the International AVS Center, located at the North Carolina Supercomputing Center. The center collects, ports and distributes user-contributed, public-domain modules and acts as liaison between users and vendors. The center also coordinates the International AVS user group and the annual AVS Conference. Additionally, the center publishes AVS Network News, a quarterly magazine serving the needs of AVS users and vendors.
 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.
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 /CONTACT: Ian Reid of Advanced Visual Systems, 617-890-4300; Tony Sapienza or Gordon Woode of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for Advanced Visual Systems/


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