Re: [nbos] [AS] Suggestions for AS 2.1T'Star Wed Oct 3rd, 2007Ok, I'm going to chime in with my little geological commentary.

What you folk are talking about is large scale 3d modeling with

thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of simultaneously running

calculations. Astronomy is a hobby for me. And AS does everything I

need it to do. (If I need anything more complicated I have a

protractor, compass, a good set of pencils, and an engineer's scale.)

If figuring out the multiple planet and multiple star orbits is at

least as complicated as processing seismic volumes into a reasonable

display, then I don't want AS to do that. The geology programs can

take hours to run a set of calculations if you're not very, very, very

careful what you ask them to do. The more complicated and detailed

models and extrapolations and animations only take days to compute (I

remember my father running a set of calculations that took over a

month so days is good.) This is why I only want a general

approximation of plate techtonics in a fractal program, but that's an

entirely different argument. The question becomes, are the algorithms

to get the visual display that is being requested so complicated that

the time it takes to get the display makes it not worth the effort?

Sorry, I can't see gamers waiting an hour for the display to load!

~Heather

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