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Global Visualcasting – Collaborative Remote Visualization Over High Speed Networks

Jason Leigh  (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Challenges Session
SC08 Bandwidth Challenge: Unleashing the Power of the Network
Tuesday,  01:45PM - 02:00PM
Room 17A/17B
Advanced networks are giving rise to a new kind of collaborative laboratory, or collaboratory, comprised of scientists in far-flung locations working together and sharing information as if in the same room, in real time, and aided by high-resolution imagery and high-definition (HD) video conferencing. From 2002-2008, a global team of researchers and networking engineers has been building the OptIPuter, a NSF-funded initiative to dynamically configure a distributed computational facility, where the optical network becomes the “backplane” connecting high-end computing, storage and visualization resources. The OptIPlanet Collaboratory is now being built through the deployment of OptIPuter-developed tools to global user communities. Currently 33 sites around the world are part of this collaboratory (see www.evl.uic.edu/cavern/optiplanet). For the Bandwidth Challenge, we intend to demonstrate global visualcasting – a technique for leveraging high performance networking and computing to enable distributed collaborative visualization at extremely high resolution on OptIPortals.
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