Distributing Stereoscopic Views on Thin Client Displays

G. Turner and C. Choksey (USA)


Distributed Visualization, Anaglyphs, GIS, Thin Clients, Rendering Systems.


This paper presents a novel solution for displaying stereoscopic 3D images of a shared display system on thin clients, such as PDAs, cell phones, and remote clients lacking 3D acceleration. The processing power of many smaller devices that we might want to receive detailed 3D terrain information, lack both the processing power and large quantities of both main memory and secondary storage required in the GIS world. But what can be done is to stream display information among multiple clients from a dedicated rendering server. This rendering backend can be regarded as limitless in memory and CPU speed because the scaling of it is hidden behind a networking infrastructure, making the true nature of the underlying application transparent to a participating client.

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