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Tom Sawyer Software Wins Prestigious ATP Award

Graph Visualization Technology Proposal Selected to Receive Federal Funding

Berkeley, CA, October 1, 1995—Tom Sawyer Software today announced that it has been selected as one of seven grant awardees for "Component-Based Software Technology Development" (competition 95-09) from the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Founded in 1990, (ATP) invests in the nation's economic growth supporting the development innovative technologies that show strong commercial potential. The ATP provides cost-shared funding for high-risk research and development projects with the potential to spark important, broad-based economic benefits for the United States. The ATP accelerates, and in many cases enables, potentially important R&D projects that industry would otherwise not undertake because of the technical risks involved.

ATP awards are made strictly on the basis of a rigorous competitive review based on both scientific and technical merit. The program in "Component-Based Software Technology Development" supports research on practical technologies. The program emphasizes approaches based on the semantic analysis of software components. Each component is automatically transformed at the point of use to be compatible with the target market.

Systems for engineering, database design, systems and network management, telephony, project management, scheduling, work-flow management, software engineering, financial systems management, chemical and biochemical design, and many more depend on graphs to portray complex information. Graph drawing theory is a rapidly growing academic discipline, seeking algorithms that automate the process of visualizing a graph to depict a particular set of data. While academic papers have been published, it has proven to be very difficult to commercialize this research.

Tom Sawyer Software will draw extensively on the resources of two leading universities for graph drawing theory.

Brendan Madden, Chief Executive Office of Tom Sawyer Software, said, "Tom Sawyer Software, a leading supplier of graph layout and editing libraries for the software industry, proposes to develop advanced software techniques that bridge the existing gap between commercial graphing technology and theory. We plan to do this by smoothly integrating techniques that enable interactive and incremental editing of graphs with techniques for global layout. The theory underlying this union is not yet well understood, but if solved and captured in component-software, would bring major improvements to a segment of software development that has been handicapped by a lack of high-quality automated solutions."

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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