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NCSA Habanero: A Hot, Java-based Tool for Collaboration

Scientists are collaborating in cyberspace in real time, sharing data, images, and software tools.

What do you get when you cross the hottest chilies on Earth with the hottest programming language? The Habanero collaborative environment, a framework that is enabling scientists and engineers to meet and work in cyberspace.

The Habanero Team NCSA Habanero®, named after the world's spiciest variety of chili peppers, is written in Sun's popular Java programming language. It is a framework that allows teams to collaborate in real time, exchange data, compare notes, talk to the other participants, and jointly perform complex simulations on high-performance supercomputers -- regardless of where they are located. Developed at NCSA, the same institution that created NCSA MosaicTM, the graphical Web browser that in 1994 sparked the explosive growth of the Internet, Habanero hopes to do for scientific computing what NCSA Mosaic did for the Web.

Habanero is being adopted as a key collaborative technology by teams within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as well as by several of the Alliance's Application Technologies teams. Habanero's framework provides an easy means for team members to develop new applications or convert existing programs into sharable applications with which they can access supercomputers, massive databases, and advanced visualization and software tools from their individual desktops. For these researchers -- who are working on complex problems ranging from designing a new generation of chemical reactors, tracking global changes in climate, and understanding the origins of the universe -- Habanero helps accomplish their tasks speedily and efficiently.


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Access Online | Posted 4-6-1999