“The Development of a Dynamic Interactive Computer Graphics Research and Educational Support Environment” by Stocker, Johnson and McKinstry

  • ©Frederick R. Stocker, Gerald G. Johnson, and Herbert A. McKinstry




    The Development of a Dynamic Interactive Computer Graphics Research and Educational Support Environment

Session/Category Title: Potpourri Session




    The Pennsylvania State University Computation Center is currently performing research and development in providing an effective research and training support environment which enables a user, whether researcher or student, to become familiar with an available base of graphics hardware and software support and to proceed to original programming with confidence and effectiveness.

    The main consideration is to provide an interactive programming environment in which users can become self-sufficient in coping with both hardware operation and potential as well as effective utilization of software in a reasonably short period of time. Such users should not have to be computer graphics specialists to apply a graphics system to their fields of expertise. Users should be thoroughly trained to understand and handle an available hardware/software system in order to be better able to evaluate the potential system usage directly and effectively.

    This paper, together with a film, describes an approach developed at the Computation Center and tested and implemented in three offerings of a Computer Science advanced undergraduate course.


    1. AMRMX, Disk System Resident Monitor, Programmer’s Reference Manual, Revision B, May, 1972, page 45-48.
    2. (IBM 360) JCL Techniques, The Pennsylvania State University, December, 1971, page 30.
    3. IBM System/360 Operating System, Job Control Language Reference, File Number S360-36, Order Number GC28-6704-03.
    4. Classes taught at the Pennsylvania State University during Spring and Fall terms, 1973 and Spring term, 1974.
    5. Graphic Geometric Perception and Communication, F. R. Stocker and T. Minsker, Journal of Computers and Graphics, Volume 1, Number 1, 1975.
    6. Adage Programmer’s Reference Manual, Vol. 1, Edit 7, 1972.
    7. Adage Programmer’s Reference Manual, Vol. 1, Fortran IV, February 1972.
    8. Adage start-up procedure, P.S.U. Computation Center, July 2, 1973.
    9. Stocker and Minsker-Graphics Transformation Comprehension and Evaluation, to be published.
    10. Log and Sawing Simulation Through Computer Graphics, S. M. Pnevmaticos, P. E. Dress, F. R. Stocker, Forest Products Journal, Volume 24, No. 3 pages 53-55, 1974
    11. Developed as part of a materials science film series under N.S.F. contract GY-7698.

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