AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 91. Computational Techniques and Tools
Poster, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[91.02U] Applications of Java and Vector Graphics to Astrophysical Visualization

D. Edirisinghe (U. Tennessee & Carnegie Mellon U.), R. Budiardja, K. Chae (U. Tennessee), G. Edirisinghe (U. Tennessee & Johns Hopkins U.), E. Lingerfelt, M. Guidry (U. Tennessee)

We describe a series of projects utilizing the portability of Java programming coupled with the compact nature of vector graphics (SVG and SWF formats) for setup and control of calculations, local and collaborative visualization, and interactive 2D and 3D animation presentations in astrophysics. Through a set of examples, we demonstrate how such an approach can allow efficient and user-friendly control of calculations in compiled languages such as Fortran 90 or C++ through portable graphical interfaces written in Java, and how the output of such calculations can be packaged in vector-based animation having interactive controls and extremely high visual quality, but very low bandwidth requirements.

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