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Illinois' reply to Maxwell's request for graphics information (NIC 14925) (RFC0472)

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Original Publication Date: 1973-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 5K

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This is a reply to Craig Maxwell's (UCLA-NMC) "Request for graphics information" of 3/7/73. Further details can be obtained by contacting me directly.

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Network Working Group Steve Bunch


NIC # 14801 March, 1973

Illinois' reply to Maxwell's Request for Graphics Information,

NIC Document 14925.

This is a reply to Craig Maxwell's (UCLA-NMC) "Request for graphics

information" of 3/7/73. Further details can be obtained by contacting

me directly.

To date, our work in graphics has been primarily centered about support

for several applications groups. To make the generation of beam-

oriented graphics as painless as possible for these groups, our policy

for supporting this type of graphics has been to emulate as closely as

possible the CALCOMP plotter support package on the host machine, but

with NGP0 output. (Presently, before the resulting NGP can be sent to

some of our peripherals, e.g., Gould 4800, it must be converted to

device specifics. With the advent of ANTS MARK II and a PDP-11/45, all

conversions will be handled locally, so all graphics flowing into our

system will be NGP). We find this approach very labor-saving, even at

the present slightly kludgey level.

We also have some grey-scale work taking place on our GOULD and IMLAC.

One group is processing satellite pictures on Illiac and will soon need

grey-scale output, another is producing natural-resource maps, and a

third is generating holograms. No standardization plans have been made

for grey scale work, but if an acceptable standard is established, we

will most likely use it.

A small group, including myself, is currently planning an interactive

graphics system. The system will use multiple hosts, possibly using a

remote E&S machine for rotation, scaling, etc. We have a number of

large hurdles that have to be jumped before we can do anything, though.

Several of these are not graphics-specific, such as process-controlled

FTP, inter-process coordination among hosts, and others. We had

intended to let efficiency dictate the format of intermediate results

shipped via the Net, with standardization being applied where it is

helpful for minimizing effort. Since the system will be highly

interactive and will also manipulate grey-scale data, we will need a

higher level of graphics protocol to handle the user interface. A

"proto-prototype" system is being used now to do some simple

manipulations of meteorological data (e.g., contouring, 3-D plotting)

with an IMLAC passively displaying the NGP0 pictures created. Soon, I

hope to finish an IMLAC program that will handle some interaction with

the mouse/keyset. I have decided to implement the following (outgoing)