The Distributed Systems lab is an environment for the exploration, collaboration, and learning of concepts pertaining to High-Performance Computing. Driven by volunteer and student support, the lab has blossomed into a hub of development for the curious mind that has attracted grants, interdisciplinary research, and cooperation amongst schools to take advantage of this ever-expanding field and philosophy of computing.
The document image analysis group is focused on providing tools and techniques for access to large heterogeneous databases of document image objects. There are many environments in which large static and dynamic collections of document images are being gathered or created, yet these sources remain inaccessible without techniques to automatically analyze, index and retrieve the information that they contain. As technology moves us toward simplified creation and use of multimedia documents, we will see an even greater increase in the need to transmit, browse or otherwise process these collections efficiently.
Mission is achieved through education, collaboration and research in grid computing. Our first step is to adapt the grid computing to undergraduate CSE curriculum. The next step is to disseminate the adaptation details (course plans, lab descriptions and implementation), project experience and the assessment methods to the educator and developer communities.
The IViPP project is developing a program for Interactive Visualizations in Particle Physics. This program addresses a need in the particle and nuclear physics communities to visually evaluate large data sets produced by simulations of reactions involving atomic or sub-atomic particles. Simulation programs produce data in a variety of formats, and users wish to view these data sets in a variety of ways and apply a variety of selection operations and simple analyses to them. The original technical goal of the IViPP project was therefore to develop a software architecture capable of readily accomodating new data formats, display styles, and interactions with users. Current interests include this and developing interactive-speed rendering algorithms for constructive solid geometry.