UbiWorld: An Environment Integrating Virtual Reality, Supercomputing, and Design

02/1997; DOI: 10.1109/HPDC.1996.546200
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ABSTRACT UbiWorld is a concept being developed by the Futures Laboratory group at Argonne National Laboratory that ties together the notion of ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp) with that of using virtual reality for rapid prototyping. The goal is to develop an environment where one can explore Ubicomp-type concepts without having to build real Ubicomp hardware. The basic notion is to extend object models in a virtual world by using distributed wide area heterogeneous computing technology to provide complex networking and processing capabilities to virtual reality objects. 1 Introduction In the Futures Laboratory [1] in the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), our research agenda is driven partly by discussions of advanced computing scenarios. We find that by suspending disbelief momentarily and by engaging in serious discussion of such topics as off-planet infrastructure, green nomadic computing, and molecular nanotechnology, we are able to proje...

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