The MAGIC-II information system was based on a very general paradigm in
which high-performance computing, storage, and communications are used to
provide rapid access to data that have to be processed expeditiously and
delivered quickly in order to provide value to end-users. Applications
that use this paradigm arise in a variety of situations including military
operations, intelligence imagery analysis, and natural disasters. These
applications share a requirement for access to real-time data sources and
to large volumes of stored data, the existence and locations of which may
not be known in advance. They also require a large amount of processing to
transform the data into useful information, and they may have
high-performance as well as lower-speed and mobile end-users.
SRI International was one of a number of institutions
that formed the Multidimensional Applications and Gigabit Internate
Consortium (MAGIC). These included Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
US Geological Survey EROS Data Center, University of Kansas, Minnesota
Supercomputing Center, and Sprint TIOC.
Early in the project, the MAGIC II system, including
SRI's TerraVision, was demonstrated to
Vice-President Al Gore in the Old Executive Office Building in DC.
This project was a follow-on from the
original MAGIC I effort.