I'm on the ACM SIGGRAPH '92 Conference Art Show committee and I need
your advice, suggestions and general input - even flames are welcome!!! |-)
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One proposed part of the SIGGRAPH '92 Art Show will be a display of
artwork that was submitted electronically through networks to the art show
location. More specifically, people can use e-mail, ftp and regular
voice-line phone modems to send their images to the art show. The images
will be juried and if they are accepted, then they will printed out on a
continuous-tone printer on-site at the art show and displayed. This process
will continue for the entire duration of the art show and will hopefully
produce a dynamic, ever-changing exhibit.
I am in charge of handling the technical details of this proposed
exhibit and after discussions with John Grimes, the art show chair, this
is what I have so far:
1) Since "networking" is one of the SIGGRAPH '92 themes, the art show will
have access to an Internet connection. However, other parts of the
conference will also be using the lines during the day. I have been
told not to use the network during the day so as not to interfere.
One solution is to have two computers: one at the art show and another
one that is "off-site" on a different network than SIGGRAPH. The
offsite computer will be able receive submissions all the time without
intefering with the SIGGRAPH traffic. Then at some convenient time
(say, 2 AM), the offsite computer sends the submissions to the computer
located onsite at the art show.
The offsite computer must be capable of running multiple e-mail and ftp
connections along with a few BBS-style modem sessions. The onsite
computer only has to drive the printer and display the images for
jurying. Both computers will need a gigabyte of disk space or more
to store the images. I have used and managed workstation from several
different vendors; SGI, HP, Sun, IBM and DEC (I'm a programmer/sysadmin
type person). For the offsite computer, I am considering a Sun4/470 or
490; the 470 I used seemed to handle many concurrent users and processes
fairly well and it also had 3 gigabytes of disk space.
As for the onsite computer, I am considering an SGI Personal Iris 4D/25
or 35. I have used 4D/25's equipped with 1.2 gigabyte drives and they
should be fine for this application.
What do you folks think? Does this setup seem reasonable? This may
lead to yet another Usenet computer religious war. Oh well, only
small-arms fire please!!! |-) |-) But seriously, I would like some
feedback, especially personal experiences.
2) This is for all you people out there in vendor-land: all the equipment
for this exhibit must be borrowed or donated - the art show's budget
isn't THAT big!!! What is your company's policy on lending or
donating equipment? Who should I contact? The conference annually
attracts over 20,000 people so this is an excellent opportunity to
show your equipment in use. (hint, hint)
3) What about the impact on the net? Image files tend to be BIG, even if
they are in a compressed format. I'm especially worried about the
first day submissions are allowed - net traffic could get heavy.
4) How about image formats? I plan to use the pbmplus package to do
format conversions so the images can be displayed and printed.
I have not used this package before but I have heard many good things
about it. It seems to handle practically all of the more popular
image formats. Any opinions???
I realize that this group may not be the best place to ask these
questions; I read all the articles (including FAQ's) in news.newusers and
I didn't find anything I could use. If there is a more appropriate group
to seek the information I need, please let me know.
That's it for now. The final version of this proposed exhibit
should be ready by June 1, 1992. If you have some ideas or suggestions for
the SIGGRAPH '92 Art Show in general, you can send e-mail to the art show
Thanks in advance!
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