Novato, CA — R3vis Corporation announces that it has been selected to receive a Phase One Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the U.S. Department of Energy. The SBIR Award is for performance-improving enhancements to R3vis’ OpenRM Scene Graph graphics and visualization software, which is licensed and distributed as Open Source software. The software enhancements resulting from this grant will especially benefit scientific research programs in which ever-increasing amounts of simulation and acquired data overwhelm even the most powerful of computer and display systems.
“We are pleased to receive an SBIR grant to continue Open Source research and development,” says Wes Bethel, R3vis Corporation President and Chief Technology Officer. “High-end graphics software has traditionally been very expensive, so an Open Source solution is of great interested to both the scientific and general computing communities. The SBIR presents an opportunity for us to focus completely on high performance architectural issues, such as thread-safety and parallel rendering techniques that will be deployed on systems ranging from desktop workstations to high-end, immersive virtual reality displays. Scientific visualization programs benefit, not only from better software, but also from the ability to make site-specific customizations that are often required for high-end research applications.”
OpenRM Scene Graph is a software library used by developers to create high performance and cross-platform graphics and visualization applications. R3vis Corporation created OpenRM Scene Graph as a derivative of its commercial software, RM Scene Graph, which has been licensed commercially to the software development community. Both products leverage the popular OpenGL graphics application programming interface to achieve both high performance and platform independence.
Open Source projects, such as the popular Linux operating system, present a paradox to the investment community: How can an organization generate revenue when the product is given away for free? Commissioned research and development is one such vehicle, where revenues are derived from customer-requested and funded enhancements and features to Open Source software. Visit http://www.r3vis.com for more information.