“Nova*gks, a distributed implementation of the Graphical Kernel System” by Waggoner, Tucker and Nelson

  • ©Clinton N. Waggoner, Charles Tucker, and Christopher J. Nelson




    Nova*gks, a distributed implementation of the Graphical Kernel System



    NOVA*GKS is an implementation of the Draft International Standard Graphical Kernel System (GKS), built using a distributed architecture. The specifications for GKS present an implementor with many design tradeoff decisions. The implementors of NOVA*GKS have analyzed those tradeoffs and created a distributed design which allows users of the package to design applications which can perform efficiently on many different graphics hardware configurations.


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    5. Simons, Randall W. “Minimal GKS”, Computer Graphics 17, 3, pp. 183-189 (July 1983).
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