Future Lab: Planet Viewer

June 15th, 2011 |
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Maps have benefited especially from the increasing power of computers. Still, researchers are striving to make significant improvements in the images maps display. Rendering planetary scale objects is challenging due to geometric complexity and the need for managing huge amounts (terabytes or higher) of data. One of the technologies aimed at using the power of off the shelf computers is Planet Viewer developed by Intel Labs, a full-scale planetary rendering system that creates highly realistic views of the world.

Interviewees:
Benjamin Sleeter, Research Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey
Divya Kolar, Technical Marketing Engineer, Intel Labs

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