Into the Digital Cave
By Brian Leonard on Oct 06, 2008
One of the cooler parts of my job is getting to visit universities around the world. Last week brought us to São Paulo, Brazil for TechDays. On Thursday, Roman Strobl, Vijay Tatkar and I headed over to the Integrated Systems Technological Laboratory at the University of São Paulo to talk about OpenSolaris. There we were greeted by Professor Marcelo Knörich Zuffo and Marcia Kondo, Virtual Reality Manager - how's that for a job title?
The day began with a tour of their Digital Cave:
Our first trip was a hang gliding tour of Rio de Janeiro, followed by a walking tour of historic São Paulo back in 1911. Here's a blurry picture of Roman in the CAVE:
Once we stepped back into reality, Professor Zuffo gave us a tour of the media engineering lab, and the Digital TV project that they're developing. As you can imagine, most of Brazil still receives their TV signal over the air, and Professor Zuffo's team is developing a low cost set-top box that will bring the digital TV experience to the masses:
On the way to the media lab, Professor Zuffo pointed out the solar powered wireless devices they're running throughout the campus:
The device can transmit up to 10 days without sunshine. A truly free Internet.
Finally, Roman, Vijay and I got to present OpenSolaris. The students in the Virtual Reality lab are most familiar with Linux, so it was fun to show them features like ZFS, DTrace and SMF.
A big thanks to Marcelo Vitor Moretti Arbore, Sun's Campus ambassador at the Integrated Systems Technological Laboratory at the University of São Paulo for setting up the meeting.