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Date of Award

Spring 2019


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Document Type

Thesis: EWU Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science


Computer Science


In this thesis, the recent trends in cloud computing, via virtual machine hosted servers, are applied to the field of big data visualization. In particular, we investigate the visualization of terrain data acquired from several major open data sets with a graphics library for browser based rendering. Similar terrain data visualization solutions have not fully taken advantage of remote computational resources. In this thesis, we show that, by using a collection of Amazon EC-2 machines for fetching and decoding of terrain data, in conjunction with modern graphics libraries, three dimensional terrain information may be viewed and interacted with by many remote clients within the browser. Data pre-fetching and a parallel producer-consumer model implementation of each server further improve performance. This study should enable and expedite existing and future study in the terrain data visualization field.