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Technology Overview

Eclipse'98 Technology Overview

Eclipse'98 is comprised of multiple components which provide "Live Image Collection" and display along with static content on "Servers" via the "Internet Infrastructure" to "Internet Service Providers (ISP) and You". A simplified block diagram showing the way this is accomplished is shown below.

Eclipse'98 Block Diagram

Eclipse'98 Block Diagram

Eclipse'98 Live Image Collection

Live images are sent by field reporters to Eclipse'98 Servers. In exotic sandy beaches, aboard ships, and within internet cafe's, E-team members connect their video cameras to "frame grabber" devices which digitize their image about every 30 seconds and send it as image files via land-line and satellite to the image servers.

Eclipse'98 Live Image Servers

The image servers distribute copies of the image "files" received fro the field reporters to all mirror sites, allowing the viewer to see up to the minute progress of the eclipse from many locations.

Eclipse'98 Mirror Servers

Multiple sites are used to reduce the load during E-day on any one given site with the aim of providing the eclipse experience to many more viewers. Multiple sites are typically called "mirrors" because they provide an identical copy of the original or "main" site.
Both live and static content are present in Eclipse'98.
Live content includes the live images provided during the time of the eclipse and other non-eclipse related live camera views from around the world. Static content are the pages prepared in advance, such as this one.

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