In both systems, the user designs a "net" by dragging and dropping various processing modules. For example, there are data reader modules, and modules that compute level surfaces, and modules that triangluate surfaces, and modules that render trianglulations . By selecting from a long list of premade modules, or writing your own, These systems allow very sophisticated data analysis, translation into geometry, and finally rendering of geometry.
The cost for such power and flexibility is a steep learning curve. If you want to draw an icosahedron, there are lots better ways. If you are trying to visualize atmospheric data, there probably isn't.
To experiment with AVS, you need to first issue the command
avs on an SGI platform. Then type
Center has only one license, so you may have to coordinate with other
users. The Demo on the main menu gives a good idea of what AVS is
like. For more in depth information, consult the documentation in the
To experiment with Explorer, log into one of the newer SGI machines
Explorer. There is some documentation in the
Center library, and some more online. However, unless you already
know Explorer, you are probably better off with AVS, for which we have
a full set of manuals.
Created: Fri Sep 8 11:39:00 1995 --- Last modified: Jun 18 1996