Boulder, Colo. — Visual Numerics, Inc., a developer of web-enabled data visualization, numerical analysis, and enterprise software solutions, today announced that worldwide revenue derived from its IMSL C Numerical Library (CNL) in 2000 grew by more than 88 percent over the 1999 total. In North America, year-over-year CNL revenue increased by some 96 percent.
“There are two primary reasons for CNL’s success in 2000,” said Eric Shor, the IMSL product manager at Visual Numerics. “First, we’ve made strong inroads into the financial services and insurance industries, which are now gaining an appreciation of CNL’s value to their bottom line. We’ve done this while maintaining our strong position with our traditional engineering and scientific customers. And second, all of our customers and prospects seem to better understand the positive return-on-investment inherent in the purchase of CNL and subsequent deployment of CNL-based applications.”
Continually updated since its first release in 1990, CNL is a collection of more than 300 mathematical and statistical analysis functions written in C that programmers can embed directly into their numerical analysis applications. The Library’s platform-optimized functions are among the most accurate and reliable on the market. Many of CNL’s functions are based upon corresponding routines from the company’s highly-regarded IMSL Fortran Numerical Library, which was first released in 1970.
Among the Library’s recent enhancements is thread safety, meaning application developers can integrate CNL into multi-threaded applications. This feature will leverage users’ existing hardware investments and let them develop applications capable of executing multiple computations concurrently, resulting in faster throughput. In addition, CNL routines can now be more easily called from relational database management systems such as Oracle, Sybase and Informix to augment their existing numerical analysis functionality.
The benefits of using the IMSL C Numerical Library are many, foremost among them is an acceleration of application development and the corresponding savings in time and money. According to Visual Numerics’ benchmark studies, an average IMSL C Numerical function contains about 500 lines of code. Given that a programmer averages 10 lines of code per day, including designing, debugging, documenting and testing, just one algorithm developed from scratch would take more than two months to complete.
The IMSL C Numerical Library supports Unix-based workstations (Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Silicon Graphics, and Compaq) and personal computers running Windows 95/98/NT or Linux.
Pricing starts at $1,195*, depending on platform and number of concurrent users.
Privately held Visual Numerics develops software products that help users understand complex data, which is typically in the form of rows and columns of numbers. The company provides its data visualization and numerical analysis software tools to major corporations, academic institutions, and research laboratories worldwide. Typical users include scientists, researchers, engineers, and financial analysts at organizations such as Bear, Stearns & Company; Sandia National Laboratories; American Association of Railroads; Boeing Company; and Coleman Research Corp.
Visual Numerics’ products include the IMSL Libraries for mathematical and statistical analysis; the PV-WAVE Development Environment for desktop visual data analysis applications; the PV-WAVE Web Development Environment for network-based visual data analysis applications; and PV-WAVE Applications and Toolkits for time-series data analysis, image processing, and signal processing. For more information, visit the company’s web site at http://www.vni.com .
*All pricing is for North America. IMSL and PV-WAVE are registered trademarks of Visual Numerics, Inc. All other company, product or brand names are the property of their respective owners.