Pegasus developed a grid-enabled interface for sharing and displaying in real-time selected virtual reality exhibition materials.

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), National Science Foundation of America


University of Sheffield
Scriptura Ltd
White Rose Grid


heritage, images, museums and galleries, software development


Grid computing, Storage Resource Broker

Project Description

Pegasus was funded with the aim of promoting, demonstrating and running experiments with grid technologies. The project developed a grid-enabled interface using Storage Resource Broker clientware designed at the University of California San Diego, to establish a program for sharing and displaying in real-time selected virtual reality exhibition materials of mutual interest to each institution mentioned below, drawing on high-volume, high-resolution digital image datasets held on and managed via compatible Solaris SUN servers.

Robust protocols permitted real-time access to and distribution of exhibition packages developed respectively at (1) the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, and (2) The Frazier Gallery, Louisville KY (American home of the Royal Armouries Museum). Pegasus established a secure infrastructure to allow each partner museum to create, share and exchange such materials with the other’s audiences and researchers. In addition, Pegasus created the resources needed to share these materials, virtually, with visitors to two other key Royal Armouries venues: the Tower of London and Fort Nelson, Hampshire UK.

Duration: January 2008 – December 2008

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Project Team

  • Prof. Peter Ainsworth (PI – University of Sheffield)
  • Mike Griffiths (White Rose Grid Development Officer)
  • Colin Dunn (Consultant – Scriptura Ltd)
  • Dr Michael Meredith (Digital Humanities Developer & Post Doctoral Research Associate – University of Sheffield)