After Ten Years of Metafiles Where Does the CGM Fit?

  • T. N. Reed
Conference paper
Part of the EurographicSeminars book series (FOCUS COMPUTER)


This paper discusses the need at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Computer Graphics Metafile standard and supporting software. A brief history of metafile usage at Los Alamos is given. This is followed by an overview of our computing environment and a description of our computer graphics system. Issues we face in making the transition from our metafile to a system supporting the Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) and related graphics standards is then discussed. Our present graphics software was designed to address specific needs at Los Alamos. The transition to the CGM and other related standards can take place only when these needs are met, hopefully, in the marketplace.


Computer Graphic Device Driver Graphic Device Virtual Device Page System 
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