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A state-of-the-art fiber backbone network linking programs and exhibitors within the conference to the global computer graphics community. GraphicsNet was the SIGGRAPH 98 conference intranet. It served as the link among the many conference programs and events, and as the gateway to the global graphics community. Once again, GraphicsNet included two different optical fiber backbones:
  1. A production backbone based on Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) linked the Exhibition; the Internet Access Centers; the 18 presentation rooms for Papers, Panels, Courses, Sketches, and the Educators Program; Hall C; information kiosks; and the Creative Applications Lab (CAL). The production backbone was built with products from Cisco Systems, 3COM, Fluke, and others. It was connected to the Internet through a "burstable" T3 circuit on the Orlando Telephone Company optical fiber Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) ring that serves the Orange County Convention Center and metropolitan Orlando. A guaranteed bit rate of 25 Mbps to UUNET's Internet Services and their multiple Internet backbone providers was obtained for SIGGRAPH 98.

  2. The other GraphicsNet backbone was based on ATM (155 Mbps, OC-3) and was designed primarily to serve as the high-performance video network for SIGGRAPH TV. It connected all the information kiosk locations with video and with SIGGRAPH TV Master Control. The ATM network used switches and video encoding and decoding products from FORE Systems.
GraphicsNet also included several dedicated optical fiber and copper connections that were used by exhibitors and contributors to distribute digital video and for other applications. The primary network management workstations and servers used in the Network Operations Center (NOC) were supplied by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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