Recent advances in microelectronics, telecommunication systems, wireless communications, portable computing, system on chip design, MEMS technology, internet services give us excellent ways for information society's infrastructure implementation. Our vision of this society is an extremely interconnected world, with computers everywhere, organized in layers. At the top layer, there are the high-performance and high-information storage computing systems distributed worldwide and implementing a huge distributed system. At the bottom layer there will be wearable computers for each citizen and small pervasive/ubiquitous computers everywhere. Our research focuses on enabling the technology for this new information infrastructure: wearable computers, virtual reality holodecks, information security, huge advanced parallel and distributed data bases, and new high performance parallel computers with strong support for high availability, high data volume management, several storage layers, high performance file systems, and an interface to the external world with support for high volume of secure transactions in near real time. We aim to to have this computing/networking model compatible with other ones, such as ad-hoc networks employed in pervasive computing. Several of these technologies as, for instance, high performance parallel clusters, have been transferred to Brazilian industries (Elebra, Itautec, etc.) and have been used in socially important areas as weather forecast. Several research centers in Brazil are acquiring our technologies in high performance computing. At our exhibit, we will demonstrate some of the technologies developed and under development at Universidade de São Paulo: high-performance parallel clusters with support for high-performance I/O (intra-cluster and extra-cluster); virtual reality low-cost CAVE; wearable computing equipment and applications; and some research in MEMS technology. One of the applications to be demonstrated for this system will be a Multimedia Digital Library which can store not only information from one institution or corporation but also information generated by users and communities interested on exchanging information.
Right now we are evaluating this technology in the scope of the recently launched program named Cidade do Conhecimento (www.cidade.usp.br) (Knowledge Town) at University of São Paulo.
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