IBM gives away source code for Visualization Data Explorer tool

IBM gives away source code for Visualization Data Explorer tool

IBM Corp. has opened up the source code for its Visualization Data Explorer package, which runs under Unix, Linux, and Microsoft Windows 9x and Windows NT.

The company has posted the compressed, downloadable source code for the package on the Deep Computing Institute's Web site at www.research.ibm.com/dci/software.html.

Using Visualization Data Explorer requires installation of OpenGL or other 3-D graphics libraries and Motif libraries.

For Windows platforms, the utilities can put a Unix face on the Win32 application programming interface. Additional libraries are necessary to use the National Space Science Data Center's Common Data Format and NetCDF or the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' Hierarchical Data Format.

Sid Karin, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, said the data modeling and analysis tool would give users 'a tremendously rich set of visualization tools.'

IBM officials said Visualization Data Explorer is being used for weather pattern analysis, oil drilling simulations and medical imagery.

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