A Distributed Frame Buffer within a Window-Oriented High Performance Graphics System

  • Thomas Haaker
  • Harald Selzer
  • Hans Joseph
Conference paper
Part of the Eurographic Seminars book series (FOCUS COMPUTER)


Today’s workstation users demand high computational performance combined with powerful graphics and a comfortable window system. Existing and forthcoming standards like GKS-3D, PHIGS/PHIGS+, X Window System, and PEX have to be supported optimally.


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© EUROGRAPHICS The European Association for Computer Graphics 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Haaker
    • 1
  • Harald Selzer
    • 1
  • Hans Joseph
    • 2
  1. 1.Technische Hochschule DarmstadtFG Graphisch-Interaktive SystemeGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer-Arbeitsgruppe für Graphische DatenverarbeitungDarmstadtGerman

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