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August 16, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

With the threat of yet more competition in the high-performance graphics market from Alliant Computer Systems Inc’s new visualisation range that adds Raster Technology goodies to its FX machines (CI No 986), super-workstation maker Stellar Computer has boosted its own graphics capabilities by announcing strategic agreements with graphics software vendors Wavefront Technologies, Intelligent Light Inc, Media Logic, Paragon Imaging and the University of Lowell. The move, revealed at this month’s Siggraph exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, brings more animation and image processing applications onto the company’s GS1000 graphics supercomputer, with Stellar now claiming over 40 applications since the GS1000’s launch four months ago. Animation and visualisation software specialists Wavefront will work with Stellar to port its Model, Preview an Image software modules to Stellar hardware, and will joint market them on the GS1000. For aerospace and automative companies attempting realistic renderings of complex scientific problems and product styling, Stellar will use Intelligent Light Inc’s NTSC/PAL video animation subsystem and Geotrans packages. Artisan, from Media Logic, is a full colour paint and illustration system for two dimensional images. Stellar will also be remarketing Paragon Imnaging’s IL imaging library of around 100 algorithms. And the company is also porting an object-oriented imaging kernel system developed by the University of Lowell in Massachusetts for resale to its customers.

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