Comments & Chronology: VT-CAVE


Ronald D. Kriz
Director, Laboratory for Scientific Visual Analysis
Director, ACITC University Visualization and Animation Group (UVAG)
Principal Investigator of the NSF-ARI CAVE Proposal

  1. Vision Statement: CAVE(tm) Technology: A Bridge Between Research and Education.
  2. CAVE(tm) Event Chronology
  3. Background of CAVE(tm) Proposal
  4. Project Management Plan
  5. VT-CAVE as a partner in the NCSA-PACI Alliance / Virginia Tech / Two-page PACI Proposal

CAVE(tm) Event Chronology:

Background of CAVE(tm) Proposal:

The CAVE proposal was motivated by the formation of the ACITC Visualization Laboratory. I was given the responsiblility to be the ACITC Visualization Author and assigned the task to plan, organize, and implement a University Visualization Laboratory in collaboration with the other ACITC "authors".

Over the last year there have been many ACITC planning meetings, but more important, I have met with many faculty and staff across all disciplines on campus who were interested in using visualization tools in their research and education programs but only in their remote laboratories and not in a central facility on campus. I concluded that whatever resources are located in the ACITC would have to complement existing remote laboratories across campus and not be seen as competing for university computing resources. I thought that CAVE technology could be a useful platform for both the on- and off-campus visualization user community.

Because of my long standing with NCSA I talked with them about the possibility of extending our past academic affiliation into a CAVE partnership. NCSA was interested in much more because of our proposed ACITC project so they requested that Virginia Tech administrators and faculty visit NCSA and we discuss future collaborations. I planned a visit and Virginia Tech visited NCSA on October 30, 1995. Virginia Tech submitted a proposal to become partner in the NCSA-SGI Power Grid Alliance. The proposal was accepted by NCSA.

With the support of NCSA, university officials, and ACITC authors we were confident that a NSF-ARI CAVE Proposal would also be well supported by the university visualization community. This support was particularly strong not just because of the multidisciplinary value of CAVE technology but mostly because of EVL/NCSA efforts to create the CAVE simulator as well as provide links to existing 3D modeling software, such as Autodesk's AutoCAD and 3DStudio. With these tools in place CAVE users can use existing turnkey software to develop CAVE format files at their remote sites. Developing CAVE interfaces remotely would also make more effective use of CAVE time. With these remote site tools in place the VT-CAVE proposal was well supported by the existing visualization community, that had already been using the Laboratory for Scientific Visual Analysis.

The NSF-ARI CAVE Proposal was accepted July, 1996.

The NSF NCSA-PACI Proposal was funded January, 1998.

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Last Revision March, 2001