Gridgen Now Available On Sun Workstations

Uses Creator3D graphics accelerator for enhanced performance on large problems

FORT WORTH, TX (1 December 1997) – Pointwise, Inc. today released a version of its numerical grid generation software, Gridgen, for Sun workstations. This is the first version of Gridgen compatible with Sun's SPARC-based workstations. It uses the recently released OpenGL 1.1 graphics libraries and takes full advantage of the capabilities of the Creator3D frame buffer.

"We continue to be amazed at the graphics performance of the Creator 3D," said John Chawner, Pointwise's president. "Gridgen is an interactive, three-dimensional computer-aided design program that needs high powered graphics hardware to handle large problems. Some of our customers generate models that include up to 30 million individual modeling points. The Creator3D can handle these large problems and retain its snappy performance."

Gridgen is used by engineers and scientists to construct meshes for use with computational fluid dynamics and finite-element analysis software. In use since 1984, it is recognized for its easy-to-use graphical interface and for giving its users fine control of grid spacing, orthogonality, and smoothness, all of which affect the accuracy of analysis results. Gridgen is a complete preprocessing toolkit that includes geometry modeling, IGES import, grid generation, and direct interfaces to software packages including FLUENT, FLUENT/UNS, RAMPANT, TASCflow, STAR-CD, PATRAN, and NASTRAN.

Pointwise, Inc. is a premier supplier of grid generation software and services for the computational analysis community. In addition to developing, supporting, and marketing the Gridgen product family, the company is involved in numerous research and software development projects related to numerical grid generation. Further information on Gridgen can be obtained from Pointwise's World Wide Web site,

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