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Intelligent Frame Buffer (IFB)
This project is no longer active.
Head: Mel Siegel
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems (CIMDS)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Intelligent Sensor, Measurement, and Control Lab
The completion of two identical PC nodes enabled software drivers to be developed and the first real test applications to be created. In the current two-node system two simultaneously decompressed video sequences, each on its own i486-based PC, can be displayed. Functionality and feasibility of node capabilities, such as pixel depth arbitration between nodes and frame rate synchronization, were demonstrated. Initial steps to use the video development platform for stereoscopic viewing met with considerable success. Much of this success is attributed not only to the completion of the initial hardware, but also to the selection of a more defined operating system. Greater access to programming resources allowed rapid development of device drivers and test applications.