What is GraphicsNet?

GraphicsNet is the electronic communications backbone of SIGGRAPH Asia 2008. Its high-bandwidth infrastructure serves as the link among the many conference programmes and events, and as the gateway to the global graphics community.

GraphicsNet is constantly evolving to adapt to emerging networking technologies, and the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 conference programmes take advantage of some of these newest technologies, from wireless to multimedia streams and gigabit transfers of graphics and visualisation data.

Who is GraphicsNET?

The GraphicsNet team engineers, creates, and maintains a reliable, efficient, and fast network infrastructure that meets the needs of the conference's many and diverse technical programs and exhibits. This team of volunteers is vital to the actual operation of the network.

There is no individual who is capable of effectively performing every task necessary to build such a large network in such a short period of time. The GraphicsNet committee will include people with diverse technical skills. Members may have technical specialties that benefit the committee, but they must also have adequate knowledge of computer networking in general so that each member can act as "a jack of all trades". Members of the GraphicsNet committee must be hard workers who perform well under stress, both alone and with others. They must also be trustworthy, knowledgeable, dependable, and most importantly technically astute and aware.

Key roles and skills of the committee:

  • Router and VLAN expertise (especially CISCO)
  • Wireless network design
  • Visio expertise
  • Server setup and administration (especially Linux)
  • Workstation (Win2k, XP, NT, Mac, Linux) networking expertise
  • Network security expertise
  • Services expertise (DHCP, DNS, Sendmail, WINS, MRTG)
  • Logistics skills

The GraphicsNet team has openings for a few dedicated, experienced, congenial systems experts. If you would like to become part of the team, please contact:

David Spoelstra
MediaMachine LLC
GraphicsNet Chair