M. Hereld, M. E. Papka, J. Binns, and R. L. Stevens, "CupHolder: A Multi-Person Interactive High-Resolution Workstation," Preprint ANL/MCS-P1322-0206, February 2006. [pdf]
Demand for high resolution visualization, large pixel real estate collaborative workspaces, and interactive computer interfaces continue to drive researchers to develop new physical portals connecting them to their computational tools, to their data, and to their colleagues around the world. In this paper we describe CupHolder, a high performance workstation designed to support interactive collaboration and research activities. It is configured to enable display of high resolution imagery while enabling a comfortable interactive environment for one to several co-located researchers. Moreover, it is driven by a high performance commodity cluster that provides substantial local rendering muscle as well as a hi9gh performance interface to Grid-based computational tasks. CupHolder is comprised of commodity components. It is primarily novel because it represents an integration of these components into a new form factor that we believe is a useful precursor and testbed for future integrated workspaces.