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FORTRAN LIBRARY 5.0 DEBUTS FOR NEC SX-6 SUPERCOMPUTER.

Visual Numerics Inc., a leading provider of numerical analysis and visualization software, and NEC Corporation, have introduced Visual Numerics' latest IMSL(TM) Fortran Library version 5.0 for the NEC SX-6 Supercomputer, the first comprehensive mathematical library available for one of the world's fastest supercomputers. In high- performance computing, software availability for advanced systems, such as the SX-6, often lags behind the availability of the computing platform and slows the turnaround of applications. The combination of the IMSL Fortran Library with the NEC SX-6 provides customers in advanced science and research organizations with more speed and flexibility to develop mathematical and statistical applications, resulting in faster time to market.

The IMSL Fortran Library integrates the trusted IMSL F90 library and parallel processing features with the IMSL FORTRAN 77 mathematics and statistics library into a single package. By optimizing the IMSL Fortran Library for the NEC SX-6, Visual Numerics and NEC create a foundation for large-scale applications in which organizations can move their applications from a lower-end development system to the SX-6 without significant modifications to the application.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) already purchased the IMSL Fortran Library for the NEC SX-6 to use in their high-end science laboratories. "The combination of Visual Numerics' mathematical and statistical expertise with NEC's high-end computing power will help us quickly develop research applications for critical, data-intensive needs in fields such as computational chemistry and astrophysics," said Minsu Joh, head of the Supercomputing Application Technology Department, KISTI Supercomputing Center.

"Availability of the latest version of IMSL Fortran Library on the NEC high-end HPC system SX-6 vector parallel supercomputer, further strengthens NEC's position as a solution provider for high-performance computing," said Makoto Tsukakoshi, general manager of HPC Marketing Promotion Division, NEC Corporation. "With the mathematical and statistical capabilities in the IMSL Fortran Library and the power of the SX-6 vector system, we can help organizations with drug research, development of nuclear fusion and atomic energy, as well as more challenging specialties such as the development of new post-genomic drugs and the development of highly functional materials using nanotechnology."

"Given that NEC develops the world's fastest supercomputer, the availability of the IMSL Fortran Library on the unparalleled SX-6 platform gives Visual Numerics a competitive edge in the numerical analysis software market," said Phil Fraher, COO of Visual Numerics. "This latest release of IMSL for the NEC SX-6 expands our 15 year relationship with NEC, and continues our tradition of providing the most comprehensive high performance mathematical solutions to our customers."

Availability

The IMSL Fortran Library for the NEC SX-6 Supercomputer is available now through Visual Numerics.

About Visual Numerics, Inc.

Visual Numerics has provided technical software solutions for numerical analysis and visualization for over 30 years. 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 consulting 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; Priceline.com; The Dow Chemical Company; Sandia National Laboratories; Boeing Company; Risk Management Solutions; and Coleman Research Corp. This large and diverse customer base is supported through a direct sales force, wholly owned international subsidiaries, and international distributors.

For more information, visit http://www.vni.com.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (NEC) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately $40 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2003.

For more information, visit http://www.nec.com or call 281/465-1552.
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