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Chapter 20. WHY X3D? > The Corporate Soap Opera

The Corporate Soap Opera

Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) was a driving force behind the design and development of VRML. A leader in high-performance computing, SGI has consistently produced world-class graphics technologies since it was formed in 1982. SGI workstations are the workhorses behind many of today's most complex simulation and 3D visualization projects, and they largely fueled the explosion of special effects we now take for granted in movies and television.

SGI was an early and vigorous supporter of VRML. The VRML 1.0 specification was essentially a subset of SGI's Inventor file format, and many of the key people behind VRML97 were SGI employees (see Chapter 4, "VRML Overview" ). As a testimony to its commitment to VRML, SGI formed a subsidiary company called Cosmo Software (http: //www.cosmosoft-ware.com/) at about the same time the VRML97 specification was released. Consisting of SGI employees, Cosmo Software produced commercial VRML authoring tools and a VRML browser called Cosmo Player.


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