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Tom Sawyer Software Provides Bay Networks with Topology Management Algorithms

Graph Layout Toolkit Adds Value to Optivity

Berkeley, CA, July 29, 1998—Tom Sawyer Software today announced the integration of its flagship product, the Graph Layout Toolkit, into Bay Networks' next major release of Optivity network management system. Optivity is a comprehensive and scalable system for the configuration of complex networks. Graph Layout Toolkit technology is used by Optivity developers to provide flexible, robust technologies for the visualization of complex network topologies.

The Graph Layout Toolkit plays an important role in Optivity by handling the graphical layout of network objects and their connections. The powerful software components of the Graph Layout Toolkit give Optivity the ability to position an unlimited number of objects and their connections automatically. In addition, the Graph Layout Toolkit delivers the network layout formats that Optivity users need. The integration of the Graph Layout Toolkit into Optivity enhances the application's network management capabilities and reinforces Bay Networks' reputation as an industry leader.

"Tom Sawyer Software's Graph Layout Toolkit enabled us to quickly add robust, high performance graph layout functionality to our Optivity network management tool," stated Mark de la Vega, director of product management for Bay Networks' Network Management and IP Services Division. "The Graph Layout Toolkit's proven technology in the area of network mapping allowed us to reduce the length of our development effort."

"We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with Bay Networks and are excited to be included as the network layout solution within Optivity," said Brendan Madden, chief executive officer at Tom Sawyer Software. "This relationship reinforces that the Graph Layout Toolkit provides the features and performance that leaders in the field of network management, like Bay Networks, demand."

About the Graph Layout Toolkit

The Graph Layout Toolkit is a suite of object-positioning libraries designed for integration into applications that manage relational data. Automatic graph layout allows a developer to represent objects and their connections logically in order to view underlying relationships within complex data sets. Relevant to a wide range of applications, visualization and graph layout technologies present complex problems in an intuitive, easy-to-understand form.

About Bay Networks, Inc.

Bay Networks, Inc. (NYSE: BAY) is a leader in the worldwide networking market, providing a complete line of products that serve corporate enterprises, service providers and telecommunications carriers. The company offers frame and ATM switches, routers, shared media, remote and Internet access solutions, IP services and network management applications, all integrated by Bay Networks' Adaptive Networking strategy. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Bay Networks markets its products and services around the world, providing 7x24 support coverage. For additional information visit the company's World Wide Web site at or call 800-8-BAYNET.

About Tom Sawyer Software

Tom Sawyer Software is the leading provider of software and services that enable organizations to build highly scalable and flexible graph and data visualization and analysis applications. These applications are used to discover hidden patterns, complex relationships, and key trends in large and diverse datasets. Tom Sawyer Software serves clients with needs in link analysis; network topology; architectures and models; schematics and maps; and dependencies, flows, and processes. We help clients federate and integrate their data from multiple sources and build the graph and data visualization applications that are critical to analyzing and gaining insight into their data.

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