Super Computing 2000 Photo Gallery Page 5
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This is the last page of the photo gallery. There is stuff from NASA
on here, some oddities from the Berkeley booth, the most advanced chat
room I've ever seen and other stuff.
This is someone from NASA who was demoing their carbon nano tube
simulation. It was really cool. You could use your mouse to grab one
of the carbon atoms and pull it away from the tube structure and watch
the structure heat up by starting to vibrate a lot. You can sort of
see the carbon tube structure on the right LCD display.
Even more cool, was their 3D display of the same carbon nano tube
application. The had a 3D mouse, sort of like a pen. You could orient
the carbon tub in any way you wished by moving the 3D mouse about the
space in front of you. With the 3D glasses on, you basically had the
tub structure right there in front of you as you moved it around and
could poke at it by grabbing the carbon atoms and moving them around
the structure. Its hard to describe, but believe me, it was a show
This is a simulation of a smoke ring which I found in the Berkeley
Next to it was some network intrusion application being
demonstrated. What I found interesting about this was that, yes, the
Berkeley folk do use the TWM. And it was neat to see the TWM running
on a 48 inch plasma display.
Researches at Indian are working on the next generation chat room. I
don't know how many of you spend your free time in chat rooms, but 3
or 4 years from now, you'll need 3D glasses, and one of these
electronic gloves so that you can pick up objects or punch out your
The Indiana booth had a nice couch from which you could watch the chat
room demo. It also gives you a view of the show floor which you can
see in the background.
The next generation conferencing tool. That's me taking a photo of the
display in the top middle picture. Are virtual class rooms just around the
corner? I hope not, I still like to be able to talk one on one with my
The only bit of Free Software which I found running over at the Sun
booth. Yes, the unmistakable xamin app.
No computer show can occur without the proverbiale game show going on
at one of the booths. Here we have a bunch playing some kind of
jeopardy game for tee shirts.