The rapid growth of the World Wide Web (WWW) enables access to huge amounts of data and applications. The diversity of data-structures and applications has led to the concept of network computing where the data is encapsulated within the application. The end-user does not have to worry about tools for data manipulation as they are bundled together with the data itself. However, the user usually has to pay a price in the form of degraded performance. While JAVA is gradually taking its place as the network cross platform programming language, it is clear that it currently does not support high-performance visualization. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that high performance volume rendering, traditionally reserved for high-end visual computing, can now be made widely available in a cross-platform fashion using VRML and JAVA.
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