Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Transitive: Immersive Visualization of Real Time Network Transfers
Brenda A. Lopez Silva
2nd Author
Luc Renambot
3rd Author
Shalini Venkataraman
Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Visualization
Number of Pages
University of Illinois at Chicago
Thesis Supervisor
Drew Browning
Supervisor e-mail
Other Supervisor(s)
Daniel Sandin, Dana Plepys, Jason Leigh, Franz Fischnaller
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Art and Design
Languages Familiar to Author
URL where full thesis can be found
networking, visualization, real-time, 3D graphics, camera tracking
Abstract: 200-500 words
Information visualization is a discipline that merges art, computer science and network engineering research to visually make complex systems simple and understandable. The Transitive project was conceived and developed to visualize point-to-point file transfers like those commonly exchanged on the Internet, but over a high-bandwidth link. It looks forward to when multimedia files will flow effortlessly over the now choked commodity Internet. Transitive visualizes multiple file transfers running concurrently over a 10/100Mbps local area network (LAN). A LAN's larger bandwidth is capable of supporting multimedia files and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Transitive visualizes the total capacity available on a defined network by measuring the bandwidth generated by data transferred between the compute nodes. All of the nodes run as part of the demonstration. In effect, Transitive is a visualization system of bandwidth between distributed system components. Tablet PCs and a ceiling-mounted camera serve as interface devices to the server. As the data is relayed to the server, the graphics client renders the 3D imagery on a projection-based virtual reality display. Each transfer is identifiable by a specific color, sound and behavior which depend on the current amount of data and instantaneous bandwidth received.