WEB-IS (integrated system): An overall view

Yunsong Wang, Evan F Bollig, Benjamin J. Kadlec, Zachary A. Garbow, Gordon Erlebacher, David A Yuen, Maxwell Rudolph, Lilli X. Yang, Erik O.D. Sevre

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WEB-IS, Web-based Integrated System, allows remote, interactive visualization of large-scale 3-D data over the Internet, along with data analysis and data mining. In this paper, we discuss the overall structure of WEB-IS. Up until now we have developed three sub-modules geared towards geophysical problems. WEB-IS1 allows geoscientists to navigate through their 3-D geophysical data, such as seismic structures or numerical simulations, and interactively analyze the statistics or apply data-mining techniques, such as cluster analysis. WEB-IS2 lets a user control Amira (a powerful 3-D visualization package) remotely and analyze, render and view large datasets across the Internet. WEB-IS3 is an imaging service that enables the user to control the scale of features to view through interactive zooming. In the near future, we propose to integrate the three components together through a middleware framework called NaradaBrokering (iNtegrated Asynchronous Real-time Adaptive Distributed Architecture, a distributed messaging infrastructure that can be used to intelligently route data between the originators and registered consumers) without regard for time or location. As a result, WEB-IS will improve its scalability and acquire properties of fault-tolerance. WEB-IS uses a combination of Java, C++, and through the use of NaradaBrokering will seamlessly integrate the server-side processing and user interaction utilities on the client. The server takes care of the processor intensive tasks, such as visualization and data mining, and sends either the resulting bitmap image or statistical results to the middleware across the Internet for viewing. WEB-IS is an easy-to-use service, which will eventually help geoscientists collaborate from different sites in a natural manner. It will be very useful in the next 10 years because of the increasing number of space missions and geophysical campaigns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalVisual Geosciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005

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Acknowledgments The authors would like to thank Cesar DaSilva for useful feedback on the contents of this paper, and fruitful discussion with Shrideep Pallickara, the author of Naradabrokering. They also acknowledge the support of the geophysics and mathematics-geoscience programs of the National Science Foundation.


  • Grids
  • Middleware
  • Visualization
  • WEB-IS
  • Web services


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