Kitware to provide VTK support for new volume rendering hardware

Kitware Inc. and Mitsubishi are teaming together to provide a new standard in high performance volume rendering. In 1999 Mitsubish will be releasing their new VolumePRO volume rendering hardware. (see 3D Volume Graphics, the next frontier of advanced graphics.) Kitware will be providing full support for this hardware in VTK as well as providing demonstration code and applications. Historically volume rendering has been too slow for practical use on “real world” data such as a medical CT scan. By combining VTK with the VolumePRO board researchers and doctors will be capable of interactive three-dimensional investigations previously out of reach due to performace limitations or the cost of purchasing a supercomputer.

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Kitware, Inc. is a leading software development company providing products and services in the areas of medical image analysis, visualization and 3D graphics, supercomputing, computer vision, open publication, and software quality process. Kitware is known for its advanced open source software tools such as the widely used Visualization Toolkit (VTK), Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), and the CMake build management software. Established in 1998, Kitware is rapidly growing to support top research and development clients around the world; including such prestigious customers as the US National Labs (Sandia, Los Alamos, Livermore, and Argonne), the National Institutes of Health, the Army and Air Force Research labs, and a variety of academic, commercial and governmental research labs. Our commercial customers range from Fortune 500 oil and gas companies to small medical imaging start ups.

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