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Pointer is a graphical analysis automation and numerical optimization framework. You can couple your analysis codes without programming. A revolutionary, fully automated, artificial intelligence engine controls robust and popular optimization techniques including genetic, downhill simplex, and SQP algorithms. Pointer takes the guesswork and drudgery out of optimization.

Synaps has made a lite version of Pointer (7 design variables max with a 1 year renewable license) available for free to the Linux community. For details, see

Current Version:   3.0

License Type:   Commercial (Academic Pricing Available)

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Linux, SGI, HP, Windows NT (custom compiled for others as necessary)

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