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COVISE - COllaborative VIsualization and Simulation Environment

COVISE stands for COllaborative VIsualization and Simulation Environment. It is an extendable distributed software environment to integrate simulations, postprocessing and visualization functionalities in a seamless manner. The collaborative features of COVISE allow engineers and scientists to co-operate across computer networks. In COVISE an application is divided into several processing steps, which are represented by COVISE modules. These modules, being implemented as separate processes, can be arbitrarily spread across different heterogeneous machine platforms. Major emphasis was put on the usage of high performance infrastructures such as parallel and vector computers and fast networks. Thus COVISE can make optimal use of varying infrastructural characteristics. Another focus area of COVISE is rendering for virtual environments.

COVISE was developed at the super computing centre at the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and is available commercially from VISENSO. As COVISE is now developed in a joint effort of RRZK and HLRS, it is available at the University of Cologne at no cost.

More Information


You can browse the COVISE documentation online or download the PDF version:

Mailing Lists

There is a COVISE users' mailing list. See for the details.

Further Information

More details about COVISE are available at HLRS.

Download COVISE

If you are part of the University of Cologne and want to download COVISE, please contact us at covise-support(at)