America tele-collaborating via STAR TAP
APRIL 5, 2001 -- Seeing "is" believing. Latin
American scientists, many for the first time, are experiencing
a tele-immersive, collaborative demonstration between North
and South America, as part of a three-day meeting in Chile to
promote the use of high-performance networks to the Latin American
team from University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization
Laboratory (EVL) has deployed a virtual reality device -an ImmersaDesk-
in Chile, to showcase bandwidth-intensive visualization technology.
Back home in Chicago, their colleagues manipulate and discuss
3D visualizations of earthquake data, as well as a virtual pelvic
floor model, with the Latin American scientists.
The meeting, "Science, Culture and Education over Internet2,"April
4-6 in Valparaiso, Chile, is being broadcasted to the US over
Internet2. See http://encuentro-internet2.reuna.cl/.
On site with the EVL team is Paul Morin, of University of Minnesota's
geology department, who is showing graphics simulations of earthquake
and other geological data he collaboratively developed with EVL
research scientist Jason Leigh and University of Michigan geologist
Peter Van Keken. For the virtual pelvic floor, the EVL team connects
back to Chicago to talk with researcher Fred Dech, from UIC's
Virtual Reality in Medicine Laboratory.
STAR TAP, the Chicago-based, next-generation information exchange
point, enables Chile's REUNA research and education network to
access over 100 US universities and national laboratories, and
most of the world's premier networks. In particular, REUNA peers
with Internet2's Abilene at STAR TAP, enabling the EVL team in
Chile to perform collaborative virtual-reality demonstrations
among Valparaiso, Chicago and Ann Arbor.
Last September, Chile became the first South American country
to connect to STAR TAP. STAR TAP enables high bandwidth data,
45 Mb/s in the case of REUNA, to flow between the networks. This
international, interconnection point is the only next-generation,
policy-free exchange point in the world.
About STAR TAP The Science, Technology, And Research Transit Access
Point, or STAR TAP, is a proving ground for long-term interconnection
and interoperability of advanced international networking. STAR
TAP is made possible by major funding from the US National Science
Foundation to the University of Illinois at Chicago. See: http://www.startap.net
About the ImmersaDesk(R) ImmersaDesk is a registered trademark
of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. It was
developed with funding from the US National Science Foundation.